The Museum of the Coastal Bend on Wednesday installed a new exhibit at City Hall, “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend,” to teach visitors about the methods used by the Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team to excavate and evaluate artifacts.

The exhibit features archaeological tools and artifacts along with informative photos and placards that illustrate the processes of excavation and analysis, according to a city news release. Museum of the Coastal Bend staff filled a City Hall display case with the items they brought, including a tray filled with sand, and hung a sign over the case to create a miniature museum exhibit within City Hall.

“We’re excited to be able to partner with the Museum of the Coastal Bend for this exhibit,” said City Manager Jesús Garza in the release. “The display gives visitors to City Hall a chance to learn about the steps being taken to preserve our region’s rich history.”

The city reached out to the Museum of the Coastal Bend earlier this year about the possibility of using a glass case at City Hall for a temporary exhibit, and museum officials came up with the idea of an archaeology-themed display. The exhibit will remain on display for at least one year.

City Hall is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. week days. Under current occupancy limits, no more than nine members of the public may enter at a time. Facial coverings are required, and a hand sanitizing station is available.

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