Annual Fall Symposium
Saving the Past for the Future: Archaeology and Preservation in Missouri
In conjunction with Missouri Archaeology Month, the Annual Fall Symposium is held in various locations around Missouri and consists of scientific presentations about archaeology.
Fall Symposium, 2016: The Atlatl in Missouri
The 2016 Archaeology Month theme was The Atlatl in Missouri. The Symposium was be October 1 at Van Meter State Park in Miami, Missouri. It featured presentations by Dave Cain, Jim Feagins, Justin Garnett, Ryan Grohsmeyer, Larry Kinsella, Richard Martens, Ron Mertz, Eric Smith, and John Whittaker about atlatl and bannerstone use.
After the presentations, Dave Cain demonstrated his atlatl 'machine' designed to mimic the critical aspects of a stationary atlatl throw. Then, Jon Wood and Jerry Nevins of the Missouri Atlatl Association gave an atlatl demonstration and attendees had the chance to try one out for themselves.
This meeting provides a forum for the exchange of information between avocational and professional archaeologists and is vital in helping the Society promote: (1) the investigation, preservation, and interpretation of prehistoric and historic remains in Missouri, (2) a constructive attitude toward these remains, and (3) cooperation between avocational and professional archaeologists.