COSI Science Festival shows history can be found in the simplest places

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Have you ever found something that you thought might be a fossil or an ancient stone while digging in your garden or while out on a hike?

If you’re lucky, that rock maybe more than what you think.

COSI and the Ohio History Museum invite those who think they have the next greatest scientific discovery to learn more about what may be lying around in their backyard.

“I found some of them in my yard. One came in with some lotus stone and a friend of mine found the arrowheads in a field,” said Ginny Stewart.

Ginny Stewart from Marion, Ohio says she could not want to find out the age of these artifacts.

“I’m shocked at how old they are. Makes me feel young,” Stewart says.

She learned they are 8,000 to 12,000 years old. Stewart says she’s amazed that thousand-year-old history can still be found in the simplest places around Ohio.

From Flint Ridge gemstones found in Licking County to Native-American spears, there are all kinds of fossils found under Ohio soil.

“People have been bringing in what most people call arrowheads,” said Ohio History Museum Curator of Archaeology, Brad Lepper. 

“Other people are bringing in rocks that look like they might be artifacts but turns out they are just rocks.”

Like 6-year-old Luci Feisel, who found her gem while playing outside.

“I did find this rock that somebody painted and I found it outside on another rock and I thought it would be okay to take it home,” she says.

She can tell you a lot about it. 

“it’s glittery and it’s painted. I do know that.”

COSI’s science festival and its events run through Saturday. A “Big Science Celebration” will take place on May 4th along the Scioto Mile.

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