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SOU Laboratory of Archeology gets $15,000 grant

10 years ago archeologists from SOU dug in the Britt Gardens looking for artifacts. This new grant allows archeologists to study them.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 6:36 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore-- 10 years ago archaeologists from SOU dug in the Britt Gardens looking for artifacts. Funding ran out so they never got to study them. Now they get to because of a new $15,000 grant.

Those artifacts sat in storage at the SOU Laboratory of Archaeology waiting for new funding. Now that they have that funding NewsWatch 12 spoke to one of the archaeologist to learn what this means for the project.

"We found tens of thousands of artifacts that tell us about the life of Peter Britt and his family. We finally just got a Preserving Oregon Grant which allows us to go back through and get that story on paper." said Chelsea Rose. She is one of the archaeologists. 

That story is on Peter Britt and his family. He lived at the gardens. In the video above you can see the rocks that outline where his home was. "This site happens to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Oregon." said Rose. She was there ten years ago when they were digging.

Now there is a new plan with the funding. "Figure out what those artifacts were, where we found them, and what we can tie them to." said Rose. People in Southern Oregon will have a chance to check out the findings as well. "We are working with the special collections in the Hannon Library at SOU to create a digital artifact exhibit." said Rose. It will have about 100 of the artifacts for people to study or check out. Students from SOU are helping with the digital exhibit and the studying the artifacts. "It's an amazing way for them to learn how to be archaeologists themselves."

This grant is one of 18 given by the state. This one came from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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