SUNY Potsdam Students Uncover Ancient Relics

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A group of SUNY Potsdam Anthropology students has been scouring a dig site on college property at Lehman Park looking for historic artifacts.

"It will certainly help us in our archeological understanding of the north country," said anthropologist Dr. Tim Messner.

So far, the group has unearthed several pieces or chips of ancient Native American pottery, stone tools and a spear tip that could be close to 5,000 years old.

It was found in a context that was churned up by historic plowing, so it was found with 22 rifle shells...It also tells us something about the rich history of Potsdam," said Messner.

It appears the site along the Racquette River was once used as part of an early Native American encampment.

As the college students sifted through dirt and carefully peeled away layers after layers of soil dating back 10,000 years, there was a sense of excitement.

"It's kind of a natural window into the history of the area," said student Julia Andryuk.

The college students are using the hands-on archeology experience to also map their finds and conduct field research.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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