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#1153118 --- 02/28/10 11:33 AM Public archaeology excavations at National Forest
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Public will be able take part in archaeology excavations

The public will have the opportunity to take part in a Finger Lakes National Forest archaeology excavation for the first time the weeks of June 14 and June 21. Past excavations have been limited to students and their instructors.

Kari Milliman Lusk, a staffer at the national forest office in Hector, said the public's participation is being made possible through the Backbone Ridge History Group of Seneca and Schuyler counties, and LouAnn Wurst, associate professor at Western Michigan University.

February 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

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#1161521 --- 03/19/10 12:22 PM Re: Public archaeology excavations at National Forest [Re: newsman38]
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cool

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#1193029 --- 06/20/10 02:37 PM Re: Public archaeology excavations at National Forest [Re: fingerlakeshiker]
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that sounds very interesting.

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#1193497 --- 06/22/10 03:49 PM Re: Public archaeology excavations at National Forest [Re: newsman38]
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I wonder what they're looking for? My guess is native American stuff... maybe ancient ones.
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#1193500 --- 06/22/10 03:51 PM Re: Public archaeology excavations at National Forest [Re: Josephus]
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I'd have done that in a heartbeat. I considered going back to school (again!) for anthro/arch. after a sweet field trip in AK a few years ago.
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#1193503 --- 06/22/10 03:59 PM Re: Public archaeology excavations at National Forest [Re: past tense]
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what they are doing is going through old foundations from past settlers. The one on Burnt Hill rd. is rumored to be an old schoolhouse foundations.

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#1193507 --- 06/22/10 04:15 PM Re: Public archaeology excavations at National Forest [Re: Josephus]
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When the government came in and bought up the failing farms during the Depression, little consideration was given to historic preservation. Most all of the homesteads were simply razed since the soil was depleted and they could no longer be farmed. The archaeologists are now going back to the known sites to try to recover whatever relics remain.

It's unlikely that there were ever native American settlements along the ridge because it was never ideal for farming and lacked water, but it would have been prime land for hunting so certainly arrowheads would remain, but good luck finding them.
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