CCU students unearth excavation site

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A team of Coastal Carolina University students unearthed artifacts at the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge excavation site.

The team held a presentation on Tuesday at the Highway 701 visitor's center to give visitors the opportunity to check out the dig.

The school introduces students to archaeology by giving them hands-on experiences.  The team found artifacts such as old glass, a tin bowl and a number of bricks while digging at the Wildlife Refuge.

"We're teaching students the basics of archaeology, from the very first steps to learning how to find artifacts on the ground, to how to excavate them carefully from the soil and how to process them in the laboratory so we can end up with a report that tells people what we're doing," Center of Archaeology and Anthropology Director Cheryl Ward said.

CCU's field school originally got started with a dig on the Conway Riverwalk.  Students found artifacts there from a 19th century government shipyard.

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