They're digging into history at Plymouth State University
Archaeology class students Lex Rage and Brianna Arico prepare a digging site on the campus of Plymouth State University. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
"This is addicting," said Dutton, a freshman from Merrimack taking Dr. David Starbuck's Intro to Archaeology class, at a small dig site Thursday afternoon.
At another small dig site a few feet away, Lex Rage, a senior from Hampton Beach, was getting filthy as she was digging with Brianna Arico, a sophomore.
The students are enjoying Starbuck's preference for outdoor classroom learning, and are following a trend that Starbuck said is sweeping colleges with archaeology programs: digging on campus grounds.
Starbuck said all the items are equally interesting to the students, who are mostly anthropology majors, and to their teachers.
"There's also a social aspect to it, the students these days in don't get the chance to talk about their subjects, but here they're having fun discovering things and they love talking about what they're doing. It's a great way of learning."
"It might seem monotonous to just dig, and it is sometimes, but then you find the handle to something and you don't know what it is, and you have to find out," said Wade, a sophomore from Jefferson.
Starbuck said even his students, with their passion for history, might see a historical plate on a table and ignore it.
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