Still wondering about that strange mask Aunt Margaret brought back from Asia five years ago, or that odd basket-woven doll that no-one has a clue about but that’s been in the family for generations? The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle comes to the rescue this Saturday with its 27th annual Artifact ID Day.
A home to many natural and cultural treasures from the Pacific, Asia and America, as well as experts that know about them, the Burke offers this day every year to give information about Native American, Pacific Island, Asian and Southeast Asian baskets, 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 visitor due to the event’s popularity.
Past ID Days have uncovered rare items such as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk.
Artifact identification is free with museum admission, and completely free for museum members.
1-3:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on first Thursdays. $10/$8/$7.50/free ages four and under. Burke Museum, University of Washington campus, NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE, Seattle. 206-543-5590, www.burkemuseum.org