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Dig Up the Past

Archaeology Field School 2015

Anthropology students dig up Ohio's past at a site in Wayne National Forest.

“Are you getting eaten alive? Welcome to Field School,” jokes Zack Matthews, one of Dr. Paul Patton’s interns on site at the Ohio Field School in Archaeology.

Music drifted through the forest as a dozen students and a swarm of mosquitoes welcomed me to the lively dig site this summer.

The ANTH 4911 course is a requirement for Anthropology majors specializing in archaeology. It's a 15-16 week double summer session getting down and dirty Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon — and every single student on site wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Run by Patton, the program is in the second summer of a five-year contract with Wayne National Forest, and Summer 2015 saw the largest amount of dirt unearthed in the history of the field school.

And the oldest remnant unearthed has potential to be between 9,000 to 11,000 years old.

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