Some local Archeologists are getting a helping hand from the public as they dig up treasures at a nearby state park, an event that’s taking folks back in time some thousand or more years. Sifting through dirt isn't just a childhood pastime for these FSU students. It's a passion, one they're sharing with the community.
“These are sacred to us because some were definitely used for ceremony,” said Robert Bowers, an Archeology student. Bowers is a true native Muskogee- or Creek Indian-as well as an archeology student.
For him and several of his classmates- this 46-foot mound nestled in the middle of the Letchworth mounds state park has special meaning.
Amanda Evans, an FSU Graduate Assistant, said, “This one not certain what used for- trying to do survey to determine what ceremonies were occurring. We're gonna excavate this way.”
That's why Jim Eberwine is digging deep into the ground- trying to unravel a chronological history of the Indian tribes.
Gathering artifacts, examining them and the context in which they are found is something that excites even the youngest archeologists. Interesting and important because whatever they find may help unlock the mystery behind the earliest inhabitants in north Florida.
The Letchworth mounds state park is only about a decade old. Researchers say the state acquired the land from the Letchworth family, who valued and protected the mounds.