State College, Centre County, Pa. - Soon a portion of land near Orchard Rd. and Puddintown Rd. in State College will be tore up for a new construction project but before crews can get started, archeologists are breaking ground to dig up history.
At the James W. Hatch site in State College, archaeology students are taking a closer look at what's beneath the surface.
Jonathan burns, a professor at Juniata College and an archaeologist, is leading the four-week course.
He said the best way to learn is by actually doing it.
The area went through several planning phases which determined there are indeed artifacts dating back to the end of the Ice Age era.
"In this case we have maybe a meters worth of cultural bearing artifacts," Burns said.
Soon it will be part of a new drainage system, but not before this excavation process is complete.
"There are methodologies and procedures in place to make sure we don't bow through or damage or ruin archaelogical just for the sake of progress," Burns said.
The program includes students from Juniata College, Penn State and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Luciano Legnini, said it's a valuable hands-on learning experience.
"It's a lot of fun, and you're literally holding history in your hands," Legnini said.
He and his peers are searching for rock mined by Native American tribes, which they used for a variety of tools.
"It's exciting, I mean the whole process is exciting, even if you're not finding anything. You know, what could be. So it's definitely an exciting experience. "
A process that helps us all better understand ancient history.