A special day honoring the archaeology of Fort Osage will take place Aug. 18.

A special day honoring the archaeology of Fort Osage will take place Aug. 18.

Fort Osage holds the rare distinction of being designated both a National Historic Landmark and a National Archaeological District. The district includes the site of Fort Osage (1808-1827); prehistoric American Indian settlements that date from 2,000 to 1,400 years ago; and the original portion of the Town of Sibley (1836-1890).
Archaeological work in the park begin in 1941, and since then, several projects have taken place. The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to join a professional archaeologist in the auditorium at the Fort Osage Education Center for a review of park archaeology.

Visitors also can take a walking tour and view the original foundation of the Fort Osage factory, the original front entrance of the fort, the location of the historic town of Sibley and the location of prehistoric American Indian settlements. A special demonstration of the use of the atlatl, a sling used to propel a spear, also will be presented.

Presentations are at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Aug. 18. Fort Osage is in Sibley on the Missouri River, 14 miles northeast of Independence.

Admission is $7, adults; $4, children ages 5 through 13; $3, adults ages 62 and older; and free, children 4 and younger.

Visit www.jacksongov.org/fortosage for more information.