Friday, August 04, 2006

Student archaeologists dig on Eastern Pequot reservation land

For more than 300 years, a few piles of rock have sat in a valley on the Eastern Pequot Tribe's reservation without getting much attention.

But for the last five weeks, students from the University of Massachusetts Boston, along with tribal members, have dug through and around those rocks to chart the tribal history that once stood all around them.

"We had no idea the complexity of this site," said lead anthropologist Stephen Silliman, an assistant professor at UMass Boston. "A lot of things were going on here."