Arche­ol­o­gist to be fea­tured at Kent Is­land Day

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land Day will fea­ture a spe­cial guest this year — Dr. Dar­rin Low­ery, noted Eastern Shore ar­chae­ol­o­gist af­fil­i­ated with the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion and the Univer­sity of Delaware. Low­ery has done ex­ten­sive re­search on Kent Is­land and all over the Eastern Shore and will bring a large dis­play of his­toric and pre­his­toric ar­ti­facts he has col­lected.

“We are ex­cited and hon­ored to have Dar­rin Low­ery join us at KI Day,” said Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Jack Brod­er­ick. “I think it’s safe to say that Dr. Low­ery knows more about the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal his­tory of Kent Is­land than any (other) liv­ing per­son.”

Low­ery con­ducted an ex­ten­sive sur­vey of Kent Is­land in the early ‘90s for the KI Her­itage So­ci­ety and com­piled a de­tailed re­port of his find­ings, doc­u­ment­ing nu­mer- ous Na­tive Amer­i­can sites at lo­ca­tions spread across the Is­land. He also lo­cated melted trade beads on South­ern Kent Is­land at or near the lo­ca­tion of Kent Fort, Wil­liam Clai­born’s first set­tle­ment and fort. The fort suf­fered an early fire in which those beads melted, Brod­er­ick said. He re­cently found ad­di­tional beads in that same area.

“We are invit­ing any­one who has found ar­ti­facts around the Is­land to bring them in, so you can learn first­hand from the ex­pert how old they are and what they might have been used for,” Brod­er­ick in­vited.

Low­ery’s dis­play will be lo­cated un­der the big green tent near the Cray House and Train Sta­tion.

An­other new at­trac­tion this year will be late ad­di­tion of a renowned his­toric 1812 mil­i­tary re--en­ac­tors’ unit, the Ch­e­sa­peake In­de­pen­dent Blues, out of Kent County, Brod­er­ick said. They will be pass­ing through the area on their way back from an im­por­tant en­gage­ment some­where up north, and will be stop­ping by to march in the Kent Is­land Day pa­rade and bivouac dur­ing the day back by the black­smith be­hind the Cray House.

“They will add an au­then­tic di­men­sion of color and mil­i­tary her­itage to our fes­ti­val,” he said.

Look for ex­otic an­i­mals, Brod­er­ick said. There will be camels, a ze­bra and a kan­ga­roo on dis­play, by Mr. Mike.

Both An­i­mal Wel­fare League and Pets on Wheels will have an­i­mals, and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter will bring birds.

Fes­tiv­i­ties get un­der way at 10 a.m. Satur­day, May 20, in his­toric Stevensville with a procla­ma­tion read by Sen. Steve Her­shey.

The an­nual pa­rade will step off at 10:30 a.m. with Grand Mar­shal Myr­tle Br­us­cup. The pa­rade be­gins at Kent Is­land Ele­men­tary School and ends at Church Street.

In ad­di­tion to his­tory and an­i­mals, there will be food and en­ter­tain­ment avail­able through­out the day. The en­ter­tain­ment stage will be next to Stevensville Bank, and there will be a food tent nearby where peo­ple can sit and eat while lis­ten­ing.

Lo­cal au­thors will be in front of Stevensville Bank, in­clud­ing Jack Shaum, who also serves as announcer, Hal Wil­son, Brent Lewis, Nick Hox­ter and Chris Duty. Au­thor Don Parks, who also cre­ates de­coys, will be un­der crafters tent.

“Come on out on Satur­day, May 20, in his­toric Stevensville,” Brod­er­ick said. “It’s a fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion of the her­itage and cul­ture of Kent Is­land and a lot more.”

Arche­ol­o­gist Dar­rin Low­ery of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion iden­ti­fies the col­lec­tion of Keith from Galena, who learned that his old­est ar­row­head was on the or­der of about 10,000 years old. Low­ery ex­am­ined ar­ti­facts for hun­dreds of lo­cal col­lec­tors at the 2015 Na­tive Amer­i­can Ar­ti­fact Ex­hibit at the East New Mar­ket fire­house.

PHO­TOS BY LAURA WORMUTH

A Na­tive Amer­i­can Ar­ti­fact Ex­hibit fea­tured hun­dreds of Na­tive Amer­i­can Arche­ol­o­gist Dar­rin Low­ery of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion dis­played finds from his digs and of­fered iden­ti­fi­ca­tions for am­a­teur col­lec­tors at the Na­tive Amer­i­can Ar­ti­fact Ex­hibit in East New Mar­ket in this 2015 file photo.

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