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Student Archaeologists Dig up Easton's Past

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EASTON, Md.- Students from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University are in the process of uncovering a story from Easton's past.

Back in 1800, a census conducted in the town shows that where the Talbot County Women's Club is presently located, three freed African Americans used to live.  The purpose of the dig is to find out more about the trio, as there is little more information about them other than they existed.

The group started excavation on July 8t, and is already uncovering artifacts from the early 1900s.

"We actually found a whole bunch of toys," says Stefan Woehlke, one of the group leaders, "including a fire truck, toy gun, marbles, and a little ceramic doll."

There are currently five dig sites surrounding the Women's Club.  They are 5 feet by 5 feet and are roughly 1-foot deep, but the group says they hope to complete the excavation by the end of the month.

The group has been digging rain or shine for the past week, and are using tents and water to beat the heat.  One of the archeologists told WBOC that people in her profession get used to being in the heat on a regular basis.

There will be an open house at the dig site on Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for the public to see the progress being made.

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