ST. CLOUD -- In honor of Minnesota Archaeology Week, the Stearns History Museum invited the public to bring in artifacts on Sunday afternoon.

Arrowheads, ancient tools, rocks and other archaeological objects were brought in to be assessed by local experts.

Gary Zapzalka of Holdingford brought in several rocks that appeared to have been fashioned into tools.

"I'm hoping I can see them to the [experts] for a couple million dollars," Zapzalka says, laughing.

Sue and Gary Rogers of Sauk Rapids brought a stone that was used to straighten arrows centuries ago.

"It was just kind of fun to find something like this in your backyard that you weren't expecting," Sue Rogers says.

"It's always a surprise, people will bring in all kinds of neat stuff," says Charlie Peliska of the Stearns History Museum.

"It allows people to get a better understanding of what they have and it gives us a better understanding of what might be around the county," says Peliska. "It's just a good time."

Similar events are scheduled in Paynesville on September 29th and in Melrose in October.


Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON