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History unearthed

Six teenagers are having the dig of their summer recently at archeology camp. Hickory Hill curator Michelle Zupan said the group spent a week in the dirt at the site of Tom Watsons' Publishing Plant that burned in the 1920's.


Hickory Hill Curator Michelle Zupan, right, looks over a piece of what might be linotype from the old Jeffersonian Publishing Company as students Emily Walker, 13, left, of Toccoa, and Jared Key, 12 of Gibson, look on.
Photo by Annette M. Drowlette/Morris News Service

The next session of the camp runs from July 10 and July 24. The $50 per child fee covers snacks, equipment and all activities. The kids get hands-on practice with archeological methods and techniques; learn map surveying and compass skills, excavation and flint knapping. Ms. Zupan said it's perfect for kids with an interest in history, science and being outdoors.

Last week's students include Thomson volunteer Erica Bettross, 15; Jared Key, 12, of Gibson; Shelby Buckner, 12, of Appling; 16 year old April Gilliard of Hephzibah and brother and sister Emily and Jeremy Walker from Toccoa, ages 13 and 14 respectively.

For information on the camps, contact Ms. Zupan at 706-595-7777.


Archaelogy intern Ellen Delaney of Tucker, holds a piece of rope found at the camp.
Photo by Annette M. Drowlette/Morris News Service


Erica Bettross, 15, of Thom-son records her findings during the camp.
Photo by Annette M. Drowlette/Morris News Service

Web posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006

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