VOLCANO - The third annual dig at Mountwood Park will take place starting next week, organizers said.
People can still register to attend the class online at the Friends of Mountwood Park website, www.friendsofmountwoodpark.com.
The course will be held once again at Thornhill, the former site of the W.C. Stiles Jr. estate, beginning Monday, due to grants the organizers received.
"We cannot match the excitement of 'Indiana Jones,' said Mike Naylor, chairman of the History Committee of the Friends of Mountwood. "However, we develop a good plot based solely on reality."
The dig will take place at the park and run from Monday to Thursday. The course will resume again the next week and last from June 17 to 20.
The daily hours for both weeks will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., each day. The class is free-of-charge and open to everyone 10 years old and older. Minors should be accompanied by an adult.
Registration forms for the class are available at www.friendsofmountwoodpark.com. Questions regarding the class can be directed to 304-485-5365.
Participants may attend for one day or several, organizers said. There are no notes to take or exams to fill out. There is no deadline to register for the class.
Everyone receives an "A+" automatically, Naylor said.
The dig allows people of all ages to uncover artifacts and work together to put the pieces of history together, Naylor said. Previous digs have uncovered artifacts with stories to tell and a glimpse into the life at Thornhill during the 1870s.
Many of the artifacts are put on display in the Volcano Museum at Mountwood Park for students to see after they are cleaned and handled by Dr. Annette Ericksen and her students from Hocking College. The museum received over 1,300 visitors from July 2012 to October 2012, Naylor said. Thanks to their efforts, the story can be documented, he added.
On June 20, all participants are invited to Mountwood Park for a cookout.
Many community organizations have contributed to the efforts of the Friends of Mountwood and being able to put the dig on, Naylor said. Organizations who have supported the park and organization include The West Virginia Humanities Council, Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission, Wood County Commission and Our Community Foundation.
"A big 'thank-you' is also extended to Jeremy Cross (park director) and the staff of Mountwood Park for their hard work making sure the site remains accessible," Naylor added.