Two skeletons surface....
You don't have to travel to Egypt
to unearth an ancient civilization. Just
pull on your Levis, an old pair of
sneakers and hie yourself down to a
class at the diggings on 31. . .there's a
whole lot of sherd right in our own
To the uninitiated, "sherd" is the
term archaeologists use for fragments of
broken earthenware turned-up in the soil.
Lance Linguist, one of the young instructors
from the College of DuPage in charge of the
St. Charles digs, tells us that pieces now being
found along the Fox are from the early
to middle woodland culture. . .a period dating
back to. . .would you believe, 600 BC.
The digging operations were started here early
last spring by the archaeologydepartment of the
College of DuPage, and during the summer a class
sponsored by the Tri-City Youth Project is hard a
t work every week with shovels andpails.
Saturday morning was the big find!
After months of sifting for pottery fragments and
painstaking digging and scraping and sorting and marking, i
t all paid off. Two complete and intact adult skeletons were un-
earthed . . . buried side by side in crouched
positions scarcely four beneath the original surface level of the land.
Then the fun began. After pictures were taken
the students began the careful work of digging up
the ancient Adam and Eve, marking each bone and
packing the couple away in boxes for
reassembly later at the college.
Actually, the sex of each has not yet been determined,
but in the course of cleaning and Oozing and putting
them all together and everybody's happy at the
diggings again the archaeology experts will be able to
determine a great deal about the pair.
Northern Illinois University authorities
who came to view the skeletons over the
weekend estimated the remains to be about 2,000 years old.
The purpose of all this digging and study,
Linguist explained, is to determine the level of
culture and the nature of adaption the people of the
woodland period made to their environment.
Ifyou wander about the diggings long enough,
watching housewives, college students and youngsters
alike quietly systematically working away in the mounds
and gullies of dirt, the excitement of the
project begins to get to you.
Who were these people who roamed the Fox Valley
so many centuries ago? What will the students discover today?
Hand me a shovel. . . .throw me a trowel!
The brownpaper bags you see are not a sack lunch.
Each student places his treasures for the day. . .
bits of pottery, arrowhead, chips. . into a bag,
and these later are cleaned and studied and glued together to
form, hopefully, pitchers and pots.
There are currently about 25 students�of all ages�enrolled in
the Tri-City Youth Project class. In addition to working at the
diggings they meet evenings to study their
findings, and field trips of archaeological interest
are planned tor later in the summer. Anyone interested in
joining the happy crew may contact the
Tri-City Youth Project office on North
Only persons enrolled in the class or authorized by
the college may dig, and curiosity-seekers are asked
not to tamper with or touch anything.
Many hours have been spent by the classes to
work the ground systematically and with care.
Hands off, please�history is in the making!
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