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Burke experts will try to identify found mystery items.

If you need help identifying that fossil you found in your backyard, you might want to attend the Burke Museum’s 29th annual Artifact ID Day on May 9.

Members of the museum’s research and collections staff will be on hand to help visitors learn more about the objects they bring. At previous ID Days, staffers have identified a 5,000-year-old stone tool and a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver.

Staffers will be prepared to provide information about Native American, Pacific Island and Asian baskets and blankets; and cultural artifacts as well as archaeological materials, fossils, rocks, minerals and bones. No appraisals will be given. There is a limit of three items per family.

The event will run from 1-3 p.m. at the museum at the corner of Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast in Seattle’s University District.

The activities are Included with museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7.50 for students and youth, and free for children 4 and younger, Burke members and University of Washington students, faculty and staff.

For more information, go to burkemuseum.org.

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