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03/28/07 - Davy Crockett National Park

Forest Digging

by Tashun Chism

At Davy Crockett National Forest, there's plenty of digging and sifting through dirt. That's because a group of archeologists are searching for remnants of old Caddo Indian settlements. More than 50 volunteers from all over the country are here to help.

"We've been finding lots of pottery. We found arrowheads yesterday and we're finding a lot of chippings. Like little chips, or flakes, as we call them," said Landon Albert, who came all the way from Illinois.

At 12 years old, Landon is already a seasoned archeologist who's made quite a name for himself.

"They call me eagle eyes because I can see all the little chippings and stuff," Landon said.

Program directors are happy to see people of all ages and backgrounds working together so easily.

"They all have a common interest and that's the important thing. Archeology and the study of the past is something hat drives each and every one of them. And by sharing that common interest they come together for these ten days, pretty much as a family unit," said Program Manager John Impolite.

Back at the lab, more volunteers clean, identify and perserve the discovered materials. Lab processors say cleaning can be a long process, but finding artifacts like arrowheads and pieces of old pottery make it all worth the effort.

As for Landon, he says he enjoys archeology, but he's still not sure if he wants to do it fulltime.

"I want to learn Portuguese. I want to go to Brazil and be a Bible missionary and part time while I'm off I'll probably do some archeology digs with my family because my kids will probably enjoy it when I get older," Landon told us.

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