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News Clips 07/16/2014
UWF Archeologist Dig into Jackson County’s History
Source: WMBB, 07/15/14
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By Molly Mitchell
One University is spending time pealing back the layers of Jackson County’s history. The University of West Florida's Archeology department is excavating historic sites along the Chipola River. UWF sent a team of nine students to examine four pre-historic sites in throughout Jackson County. Their goal, shed light on what happened in the area over three to five thousand years ago. Crews excavated Hinson Park, a future site of the Chipola Green Way off Old US Road and two private property locations.
Students conduct shovel sites throughout the designated areas. Every 15 meters a sample site is dug to accurately test the area. “We train them in archeological methods, theories, laws, practices, and ethics,” Said UWF Field Assistant, Gregg Harding. Students are getting hands on experience to unearth the county's undiscovered history from Mississippian period. "Here in the county managed lands we are finding sites that date much earlier to the woodland era,” Said Harding. “And even earlier than that to the Archaic period 3-5 thousand years ago." Each location is located near the Chipola River but a ways off shore and the team works around the clock to thoroughly excavate the land.
"We push all the clay soil through the screen and anything bigger than quarter of an inch will stay behind and hopefully that includes prehistoric or historic artifacts." Added University of West Florida Assistant Professor, Ramie Gougeon. Findings from the last two weeks will be taken to UWF to be further researched and documented.
Next week the team heads back to Pensacola.