(LEX 18) Several anthropology and archaeology students from EKU have spent their summer digging up artifacts at a remote spot in Daniel Boone National Forest.
They did so to help the US Forest Service learn more about their land. Some of the artifacts found are nearly 8,000 years old.
The students are a part of Professor Jon Endonino’s summer Field School class, and they are not afraid to get their hands dirty.
"We found 453 lithic flakes just on one level," said sophomore Ashley Wilson, who said she owes her passion for anthropology and archaeology to the Indiana Jones movies. She said she is excited to now dig up artifacts in real life.
Dr. Endonino believes the lithic flakes may have been a temporary campsite during the middle to late Archaic Ages.
"That’s from about 3,000 to 5,000 years ago," he said.
They also believe some artifacts are from where people used to toss away their old tools and make new ones. They’ve also discovered red, small triangular arrow points from the Fort Ancient Period.