Monday, May 19, 2008

University of Chicago archaeology students dig close to home
For this dig, University of Chicago archeologists don't have to spend hours on planes like they do when they head off for the farthest reaches of the planet to unearth treasures. They can walk.

The site is right down the street from campus in Jackson Park. And as they dig, the archeologists may be uncovering artifacts from one of the most exciting events in the city's history, a time when the entire world was watching what went on here: The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

Archaeologist Rebecca Graff and 20 undergraduate students have pulled pieces of glass bottles, broken crockery, rusty nails and other items from the grounds of the World's Fair, the fabled "White City."