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Gray Fossil Site & Museum

The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is a place where visitors can get up close and personal with an active Miocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back 4.5 – 7 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals.

Come by the Museum to learn more about this incredible discovery and even take a tour of the dig site itself!

For More Info, visit the ETSU Center for Excellence in Paleontology.

Upcoming Events

July 2017

Paleo Summer Camp

July 24 @ 9:00 am - July 28 @ 5:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Paleo Summer Camp * Week 3 - Monday, July 10th - Friday, July 14th * Week 4 - Monday, July 24th - Friday, July 28th Children ages 5-12 can dig for fossils, wet-screen micro-fossils, get a behind the scenes tour of the fossil site, make casts of bones, and examine rocks and minerals. Additional activities include dissecting an owl pellet, science experiments, science-based art projects, t-shirt tie-dying, and so much more!  Registration and a deposit for week 3 of Paleo…

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Fossil & Artifact ID Night

July 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Tuesday, July 25th, 4:00-6:00pm - Fossil & Artifact  ID Night You don't have to be a paleontologist to find fossils. Identifying them is a different story.  Bring any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral to Fossil & Artifact ID Night, and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to…

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August 2017

Jr. Geologist Workshop

August 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Saturday, August 12th, 9:30am - noon - Jr. Geologist Workshop You asked, and we listened-one of our most popular workshops is now available to you on the weekend!  Find out why geology "rocks" in this workshop all about the wonders of the science of geology.  Formulate your own ooey gooey quicksand and make a sinkhole in a cup.  Explore the differences between rocks and minerals, then try out a rock and mineral hardness test while learning about Mohs Hardness Scale! …

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Gray Fossil Site Movie Night

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Friday, August 25th, 6:30pm - Movie Night Cool down from the summer heat with a movie straight out of the Ice Age.  Watch your favorite eclectic herd  save the planet from a cosmic threat caused by yet another failed acorn pursuit.  (Rated PG) The Museum gift shop will be open and stocked with snacks, drinks, and other various merchandise available for purchase (Outside food and drink not permitted).  Cost:  Movie viewing is FREE in the ECU Classroom with limited seating…

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