The Naranjo Museum invites visitors to bring fossils, rocks, artifacts, or any objects of interest to the Artifact Identification Weekend Saturday and Sunday November 16th & 17th from 1pm-6pm.
*Artifact Identification is free with standard museum admission or a Naranjo Museum membership.
Museum representatives will look at each item and try their best to give you the identity and more information. Each person will be asked to complete an artifact identification form that will help with the process. Click the following link to view form, you are welcome to bring the form with you or they will be provided at event. Artifact Identification Form
RSVP: Please rvsp with your full name and the time (if known) that you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artifact Identification Expert Volunteers:
Available Saturday & Sunday
- Dr. Neal Naranjo: Founder of the Naranjo Museum of Natural History, Dr. Naranjo has a lifetime of study and knowledge about all areas of Natural History.
- Morris Weeks: Native American artifacts expert, Morris Week will help identify artifacts, tools, pottery and more.
- Dr. Mike Read, SFASU, micropaleontologist
- Jenny Rashall, UT Arlington, micropaleontologist
- Ken Needham, master gem cutter, natural stone expert
- How many items should I bring? We recommend no more than 5 or 6 items as there will be other guests waiting to get items identified. Bring key items you would most like information on.
- What information should I know before? Key information that helps museum reps are: where the item was found, what environment (desert, creek etc). The more information your bring, the better we can help. It is ok if you do not know this information!
- Can I ask the financial value of the items I bring? The purpose of the artifacts weekend is to help with item identification and historical significance. The museum representatives are not licensed appraisers and therefore are not able to provide monetary value to any items.