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U of M Students Dig into the Past

Students from the University of Minnesota are participating in an archeological dig near Spring Lake near Hastings.

Gilliane Monnier is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department, she describes digging as an investigation, "Prehistoric archeology really is kind of like detective work."

The team believes artifacts at the site could date back more than 1,000 years. Ed Fleming is the Curator of Archeology at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He says arrowheads uncovered at the site are between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, "From an arrowhead I can say something about who was here and when. I can date it based on the style."

Student Andrew Thorn from St.Paul says the work is meticulous and thrilling, "It's a wonderful experience to unearth something that hasn't seen the light of day for 2,000 years."

The dig will wrap up in a week, but the work of analyzing the artifacts will continue in the lab.


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