Students Go Digging to Learn History

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Students at James Madison University are digging to explore more of the history of their school, and the Shenandoah Valley.

The group focused its efforts on locations with high student activity during the school's formation in the early 1900s.

The students started their project by looking over old yearbooks, pictures and speaking with alumni.

They have found a variety of artifacts including broken plates, nails and even the shell of a bullet case from the old farmhouse that used to be on the property.

Aaron Lovejoy, one archaeology student, said "When we started working here, I'd go out on the quad every couple days and stop and look at where things could be."

They said this helps to build up the history of human activity here in the Valley and the change in American values over time.

Students say archaeology can be revealing of the history of any place.

"There are actual lives and pieces of history that makes this a living entity, a living university," said student MaryBeth Kananen.

The next place they plan to dig is in the arboretum, where they hope to find artifacts from the Civil War. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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