At McClung Museum, the past is always present.
Sunday afternoon, the museum was bustling with traffic for their event, "Can You Dig It?"
Hosted by the McClung Museum and the Archaeological Institute of America, the event was held in observance of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, one of several such celebrations held worldwide throughout the month of October.
Open to the public, the event featured many activities for children and adults with interactive tables set up throughout the museum offering information and displays.
Attendees also had the opportunity to bring artifacts from home for analysis by UT faculty or graduate students.
Hilarie Zombek, a senior majoring in anthropology, said she thought the event was a success for people of all ages.
"It's a great event for kids," she said. "It's a lot of hands-on stuff. It's not just walking around and looking at exhibits because kids tend to get bored with that. I tend to get bored with that.
"So it's very kid-friendly and centralized towards them, which is awesome to get them involved in archeology and fossils ... It's a great family event."
Zombek helped with an exhibit displaying the Ayn Gharandal project, an archeological endeavor directed by UT professors Robert Darby and Erin Darby. As a summer study abroad opportunity, students traveled with the professors to Jordan to excavate an ancient Roman fort.
Vejas Liulevicius, a professor in the history department, attended the event with his wife, Kathleen Liulevicius, and their children Paul and Helen.
Vejas Liulevicius said he enjoyed the fact that staff and students were available to answer questions.
"What's terrific – the best part of all is when they've got folks who will answer questions, like Paul brought in those rocks, but there were tons of other people that brought in artifacts and it's amazing," Vejas Liulevicius said. "Like you're asking your questions about the stuff you brought in, but everyone's crowding around to hear what's the answer."
Kathleen Liulevicius, noted how much her children enjoyed the activities at the event.
"They were very excited to come and ... have their rocks identified," Kathleen Lielevicius said. "So that was the reason we came, but then the crafts ... we've done every craft so far. They've just loved them, so it's a big hit."