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UNF archaeology program connects current, past Jacksonville residents

8:59 AM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Digging through the past and reaching out to the present, the University of North Florida is wrapping up its Archaeological Field School for the public today.

Eight volunteers have dug right in to the program, which took place for the first time last summer.  It cost $199 per person for a full week of archaeology immersion.

The group has been working side by side with UNF faculty and students at a dig site at Cedar Point, which is on Black Hammock Island.

UNF has been has been excavating the site on and off for ten years, but this summer, they have uncovered posts from a building they believe existed at the site in the 1600s.

The field school was designed as a way for UNF to show every day people about the history of Jacksonville.

"Participants, which most are Jacksonville citizens, can just join and come out here and excavate with us," explained Dr. Keith Avery, UNF Archaeology professor. "So, they can actually, in a way, touch the past themselves."

The field school wraps up this afternoon-for more information on how you can dig in next year, visit the school's archaeology program site.  

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