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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to host archaeology/snowshoeing event

Archaeologists David Mather and Jim Cummings will share the latest research information on their excavations at the Petaga Point archaeological site during an activity at Kathio State Park on Saturday.

Participants are invited to view artifacts and see high-tech survey results, including ground-penetrating radar and botanical studies from ancient soils.

Following this indoor update, those in attendance will go on a short snowshoe hike to locations where archaeologists found remains of a village from the 1600s and a campsite from over 3,000 years ago. Snowshoes and a “how-to-snowshoe” lesson are provided.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the park’s interpretive center. Registration is recommended to reserve a pair of snowshoes.

To register, call the Kathio Interpretive Center at (320) 532-3269 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending.

The activity is free; a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. Permits may be purchased at the park office. Cost of a daily permit is $5. An annual permit, which allows entry to all Minnesota State Parks for a year, is $25.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located 8 miles north of Onamia and 14 miles south of Garrison, on U.S. Highway 169.

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