Archaeology Day on Saturday at Perry Memorial

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

Bennett H. Perry Archaeology Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday in the McGregor Hall at Perry Memorial Library.

The event is named in honor of the late Bennett H. Perry Jr., who was an avid collector of American Indian artifacts.

Perry, an attorney, was active in civic and community affairs and was selected by the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce as the 2008 Citizen of the Year. He died in April 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Piedmont N.C. Chapter of the Authentic Artifact Collectors Association in conjunction with the Henderson Rotary Club and Perry Memorial Library.

More than 60 tables of arrowheads and Indian artifacts will be on display.

Flintknapper Rocky Culbertson of Waxhaw will demonstrate the art of knapping, the technique American Indians used to shape their arrowheads and tools.

“We’re real pleased to get him here,” said Cliff Jackson, president of AACA. “We haven’t had a knapper before. He’ll start with a rock and end up with a tool.”

Rather than having a speaker, as in past years, the event will offer more direct involvement by the participants.

“There’ll be less talking and more doing,” Jackson said. “It’ll be more hands-on.”

He encourages local enthusiasts to bring their arrowhead collections and other artifacts to be identified. He said the show may inspire some young people to consider archaeology as a career.

Jackson, a Warrenton taxidermist, said an archaeology day is a fitting honor for Perry.

“He was a good fellow hunter,” Jackson said.

Jackson was speaking of hunting American Indian artifacts rather than hunting animals.

“He hunted hard and was proud of what he found,” Jackson said. “The simple act of finding an ancient weapon pleased him.”

Jackson said collectors are coming from throughout the state and from neighboring states.

“Every year there are more,” Jackson said. “We’re expecting a huge crowd.”

Perry Memorial Library is located at the intersection of Breckenridge and South Chestnut streets in downtown Henderson.

For more information about the event, call Jackson at (252) 257-2654.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondisaptch.com.