Students at the University of North Florida are digging into the past to learn more about the people who lived in Jacksonville a LONG...LONG time ago. Anthropology students are finding artifacts in the Theodore Roosevelt Preserve that no one has touched for A THOUSAND YEARS. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem has more on what they're finding. 3 00-05 08-13 47-52INTRO: 55:46 this may just look like a of shells to you but this teaches us so much- the Native Americans who lived here before us ate shell fishDr. Keith Ashley, UNF Professor 43:45 Jacksonville has a really cool rich Native American history I think it's under publicized and under appreciatedUNF Anthropology students are excavating a Native American community that dates to A-D 1000- right here in Jacksonville.They're finding Indian pottery, animal bones, and shells.41:53 We've got mullet, flounder, to larger black drum, to red fish a large variety they are really living off the marshThe pottery style clues them in to the time period- the large amount of seafood found tells the students the Native Americans were hunting and gathering and not in the farming stages.46:01 These people are sharing the exact same land that we are sharing right now they were fishing the same water walking the same trails there's a connection between usThe reason they knew to dig here in the first place? The shells are a good indicator the Native Americans were living off this part of the land- throwing the remains of their food on the ground-- it's basically like looking through their trash.45:38 We want to get to the people we want to get to the social relations get to what their lives were likeDr. Keith Ashley says the students are getting a hands on experience reconstructing the past.Steve DeFord, UNF Student 49:35 it's really exciting to learn about the past and find these clues to as the way people lived and everythingThomas Buchanan, UNF Student 52:51 I always thought it was pretty cool to go from a couple years to a thousand years as we have hereThe students will excavate three more weeks. If you want to dig in- starting June 10th UNF will have a public archeological field school through UNF's continuing education program. AM Ch4 TLS.