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Katrina Research Center Welcomes New Exhibit with Reception September 17

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LONG BEACH, Miss. – The traveling exhibit, “Picking Up the Pieces: Preserving Coast Heritage,” is on display for the month of September at The University of Southern Mississippi Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of the library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

In addition to the exhibit, the Mississippi Gulf Coast community is invited to a reception Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Katrina Research Center.

The message of the exhibit, “Picking Up the Pieces: Preserving Coast Heritage,” is to show that valuable information can be conveyed by artifacts usually considered inconsequential, such as broken pots, cracked or chipped rock, plant remains, and animal bones. 

Using food as a theme, one element of the exhibit shows artifacts deposited in the archaeological record due to activities involving procurement, preparation, and consumption in both prehistoric and historic times. The second part emphasizes respect for the archaeological record by reporting sites when they are found and by keeping good records of artifact locations.

The exhibit is free and open to the public throughout the month of September. For more information, contact the Katrina Research Center at 228.214.3423 or krc@usm.edu.