Considered to be one of the richest archeological finds in the New World, River of Gold features more than 120 extraordinary Precolumbian gold objects — grave goods, largely body ornamentation, including large-scale, hammered repoussé plaques, nose ornaments, gold-sheathed ear rods, pendants, bells, bangles, and beads — as well as detail-rich painted ceramics and objects of precious and semiprecious stone, ivory, and bone.

River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte was organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The exhibition is being sponsored in Traverse City by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oleson Foundation.

The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and exhibition, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.