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SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam students dig into history along the Raquette River

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Student archaeologists excavating a site along the Raquette River in Potsdam have unearthed pieces of prehistoric Native American pottery, stone tools and part of a spear tip that could be 5,000 years old.

The SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Department is overseeing the summer school program on college property along the river. It allows budding young scholars the chance to get their hands dirty while learning more about uncovering buried artifacts, mapping and field research.

Todd Moe stopped by the dig site recently to watch the students search for more clues to the North Country's ancient past.

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A chip of ancient pottery and part of a spear tip estimated to be 5,000 years old were found at the Potsdam dig. Photo: Todd Moe
A chip of ancient pottery and part of a spear tip estimated to be 5,000 years old were found at the Potsdam dig. Photo: Todd Moe

Students Cooper Sheldon and Emmaline Voss at one of the dig sites along the Raquette River in Potsdam. They examine bits of prehistoric pottery and animal bones found at the site. Photo: Todd Moe
Students Cooper Sheldon and Emmaline Voss at one of the dig sites along the Raquette River in Potsdam. They examine bits of prehistoric pottery and animal bones found at the site. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Assistant Professor Tim Messner stands in a section of river bank excavated by his students.  It's a window on the past - recent history at shoulder height, thousands of years of history and sediment from an ancient lake bed at his feet.    Photo: Todd Moe
SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Assistant Professor Tim Messner stands in a section of river bank excavated by his students. It's a window on the past - recent history at shoulder height, thousands of years of history and sediment from an ancient lake bed at his feet. Photo: Todd Moe

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