Clemson students dig up history on Fort Hill archaeological site


MUSEUM SIGHT, HALF OF ALL ENSLAVED AFRICANS WHO CAME TO THE UNITED STATES FIRST ARRIVED IN THE PORT OF CHARLESTON. A NEW CLASS AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY IS MAKING HISTORY WHILE DIGGING FOR HISTORY. IT IS THE FIRST ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG FOR THE UNIVERSITY. STUDENTS ARE DIGGING IN THE CENTER OF CAMPUS AT THE FORT HILL HOUSE UNCOVERING ARTIFACTS FROM AS FAR BACK AS THE 1850’S. 7NEWS REPORTER KIM BROWN HAS DETAILS. Reporter: THE POLICE WHERE THE STUDENTS WERE DIGGING IS COVERED UP NOW TO PROTECT THEIR FINDINGS. UNVEILING ON JUNETEENTH, WHEN ENSLAVED PEOPLE WERE SET FREE, IT IS NO COINCIDENCE CLEMSON UNIVERSITY CHOSE TO UNVEIL WHAT THEIR STUDENTS FOUND. THEY FOUND RICH HISTORY IN THE MIDDLE OF CAMPUS. ON THE GROUNDS OF THE HISTORIC FORT HILL HOUSE, STUDENTS ARE DIGGING, SIFTING AND BRUSHING UP ON HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1800’S. THEY FOUND THE FOUNDATION OF BUTTONS, STONES AND BONES AND BUILDINGS. THROUGH THE PROCESS ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDENTS ARE TRAINED AND THE UNIVERSITY UNCOVERS ITS RICH HISTORY. THIS IS A LEARNING RESOURCE IN THE CENTER OF CAMPUS THAT WE HAVE TO DELVE INTO DIFFICULT STORY, DIFFICULT NARRATIVE AND TO LEARN FROM IT AS A TEACHING TOOL THAT THEY CAN TAKE AWAY IN THEIR LIVES BEYOND CLEMSON. Reporter: THIS DIG AND THESE FINDINGS ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE RICH HISTORY FOUND IN THE CENTER OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. FORT HILL POSSESSED A LOT OF THIS LAND. ON IT EVEN SLAVE QUARTERS. STUDENTS ARE DIGGING UP THE RICH HISTORY AVAILABLE IN THE CENTER OF THIS UNIVERSITY. REPORTING FROM CLEMSON KIM BROWN 7 NEWS. THE STUDENTS ARE WORKING TO UNCOVER THIS HISTORY FROM MAY 15-JUNE 22.

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