Archaeologists search for artifacts at Cherokee's old elementary school

Before anything new can be built at the old elementary school, crews are working to uncover Cherokee artifacts and maybe even the remains of Cherokee people who lived there many years ago. (Photo credit: WLOS)

CHEROKEE, N.C. -- An archaeological dig is underway where Cherokee's old elementary school used to stand.

Before anything new can be built there, crews are working to uncover Cherokee artifacts and maybe even the remains of Cherokee people who lived there many years ago.

So far, some house structures and posts are flagged. More will be identified as workers dig down deeper into the dirt.

That's important "To educate not only Cherokee people, but people at large in the community," Brian Burgess, a tribal archaeologist, said.

Artifacts collected will eventually be placed in a future storage facility to be built on the reservation.

Work will continue through the summer.

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