Lynchburg College Grad Students Dig into the Past

Lynchburg, VA - Some Lynchburg College graduate students are looking for pieces of the past in the ground. They're in the midst of an archaeological dig at Historic Sandusky.

They're digging where they believe a 19th century kitchen once stood. The findings will provide insight to the practices of Sandusky's past about the enslaved African-Americans and the home owners who lived there many years ago.

Paula Addai is originally from Ghana. This is her first dig.

"They don't teach this in my country," she said.

Before coming to the U.S., she was told that all Africans died on the slave ships.

"So you can imagine the shock when I came here and I realized that these people descended from my people."

Ever since, she's been hooked on history.

Betty Stinson teaches history at Amherst County High School.

"It's a huge treasure hunt. I'm always looking for new and innovative ways to bring history alive in my classroom," said Stinson.

"If you zoom in on his feet, you see the corner of a brick structure and that's what we're looking for," said Lori Lee.

Lee is a professor at Randolph College but also teaches the course for LC. During their first week of excavation, they found something interesting.

"We found part of this brick feature and we're calling it a feature because we're not certain what it is but it seems most likely that it is a path," said Lee.

They also found many artifacts, like ceramic and part of a pocket watch - a popular piece prior to World War I.

"I just like the connection that I get from it and trying to figure out. What does this mean? What happened? Who owned this ? It's the best part," said Addai.

This project will continue for a while, but the RC class is only digging for one more week. Then they will archive what they've found in an online database.