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Do you have an artifact or object you would like identified?

Fossils and artifacts can be find all over, from a creek on your own land, to an item passed down from generation to generation.  With some items, the team at the Naranjo Museum of Natural History can help you with identifying these objects. This page will give you more information on how to send photos of items to be identified.

Sending photos and information

Emailing photos and information is the most efficient way to help the Naranjo Museum get the information we need. An email with photos should be sent to Veronica Amoe, museum manger at Allow museum staff some time to respond to the email and then time to get information on the item(s). If needed, we may set up an appointment for you to bring your item in for further research.

Information Needed: Your name, the location of where the items were found and a brief description of the item(s).

Tips for Good photos

1. Make sure the items is set on a white or solid background that allows it to standout. 2. Make sure there is plenty of light in the photo to allow us to see the item clearly. 3. Like the example photo, place an item in the photo that allows us to view the size of the item. A ruler is great, but if not a penny works too.


Artifact Identification Weekend. (Saturday & Sunday February 2nd & 3rd)

Once or twice a year, the Naranjo Museum will host an Artifact Identification Weekend allowing visitors to bring in items to be identified. Keep an eye on the website and museum facebook for the dates to the next event.


Texas Geological Map Looking at this map can help tell you what age rocks are in the area where your item was found.

*Note: Please do not ask the value of your object as we are not able to do financial appraisals on items. Please do not leave artifacts/objects at the museum to be identified.

Frequently Ask Questions

Q: Can dinosaur fossils be found in East Texas?    A: Though Dinosaur fossils have been found in Texas, to our knowledge, no Dinosaur fossils have ever been found in East Texas. CLICK HERE to view where Dinosaurs have been found in Texas.

Q: What can be found in East Texas?    A: Here is a list of a few items we have found or have been brought in from East Texas. These items include but are not limited to: (fossilized) small shark teeth, small shells, oyster bed, oyster shells, petrified wood, native american artifacts, early mammals including mastodon and mammoth pieces. Paleontology in Texas

Q: Where should I look?    A: First and foremost, we recommend looking on private land with the permission from the landowner. It is illegal to dig for fossils/artifacts on city,state,county and government land. After that, we recommend looking near creeks or bodies of water for either fossils or artifacts. We advise fossils seekers to dig with the right equipment, bring someone with you and safety first.

Q: How do I know if I have found a fossil?     A: Some fossils are easy to spot, and then others can be a bit more tricky. Rocks can take a multitude of shapes and forms. Some rocks can look very much like a face or animal without being anything at all. There is an entire museum in Japan filled with rocks that look like faces. With that in mind we can give you some tips for researching your fossils: Fossils are solid rocks, so you should be able to clean it off without it breaking, after that, do your research! Search “fish fossils in Texas” if you believe your fossil looks like a fish. Comparing photos of what you have to photos on the internet can help. Research what time period rocks are found where you found the fossil (use Texas geological map). If you still need help, of course, email the Naranjo Museum and we can help you with identification.

Q: How much is my artifact worth?    A: The Naranjo Museum is not able to give financial appraisals for objects or artifacts. Many times objects may have more historical value than financial. There are groups that do professional appraisals on artifacts and other historical items. CLICK HERE for more information on appraisers.

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Posted December 5, 2018
Categories: Blog, education, Uncategorized

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