Archaeologists find artifacts in Southport

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Local Archaeologists dig up artifacts in Southport, NC. (Photo: Peyton Furtado)

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)–What do buttons, bayonets, and colonial coins have in common? They’re all things archaeologists are digging up in Southport.

The Public Archaeology Corps, or PAC, has been unearthing hidden treasures since 2013. Saturday they searched the grounds of St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Southport for historical artifacts.

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“I think it reminds us the humans have always been humans, whether they lived 500 years ago or today,”says Jon Schleier, PAC’s executive director. “We’re all dealing with the same problems, and I think that studying the past can inform us on how to proceed in the future.”

The nonprofit’s mission is to educate the public on our history and search for fragments of the past that could be buried right under our noses.

Before the pandemic, the group would often go to elementary and middle schools to show kids their finds, and loaned them to UNCW’s archaeology department for academic presentations.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Public Archaeology Corps, head to their website at https://publicarchaeologycorps.org/ for more information.