The annual Knap-In, an event dedicated to exhibiting prehistoric skills of the earliest peoples of Coffee County, will be held Oct. 4-6 at Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park.  

“Attendees can expect to learn about prehistoric Native American culture by taking a guided tour through Old Stone Fort’s mound site,” said Park Ranger Leigh Gardner.  

“There will be artists stationed on top of the museum selling hand made goods, guest speakers discussing a variety of topics concerning Native American prehistory, as well as other family friendly events hosted throughout the day. We will also be selling fry bread for people to taste,” she added.  

“This event is important to preserve the integrity of the area through information and demonstrations,” Gardner said.

The lineup for Friday will be an Atlatl competition at 1 p.m., Skulls and Furs demonstration at 2 p.m., Flint instruction with Hobart Akin at 3 p.m. and a sunset canoe float at 5 p.m. The cost of $10 per person will be charged for the float.

Saturday’s events will be a 10 a.m. talk on  prehistoric geology with Ron Zurawski, the state geologist, a fossil hike with Zurawski at 11 a.m., special guest speaker Maury E Miller III, author of "Remnants of America's Southeast Aboriginals" will speak at 1 p.m. the  Atlatl  ISAC competition will be at 3 p.m., and an amateur open throw competition will be at 5 p.m.

Sunday’s activities will begin with a final ISAC Atlatl competition at 10 a.m., a Gorget craft class at 1 p.m. ($5 per person fee), a Mock archaeological dig kids event  ($5 per child) will be at 3 p.m. and Ceremonial Secrets, Mysteries of the Old Stone Fort presentation with Jackson Gibson will be at 5 p.m.    

For more information, contact the park museum at 723-5073.

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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