New Market Elementary School students were introduced to some local history on Tuesday. State Highway Administration Chief Archaeologist, Dr. Julie Schablitsky, said a group of 3rd and 4th graders walked side by side with other archaeologists as they collected information to help reconstruct the lives of people who lived more than 200 years ago around New Market's Main Street.
"They were able to come out and screen the soil and collect artifacts, and once they had the artifacts they washed them up so they could take a look at what they found," she said. "They found all sorts of things, including animal bones, bits of nails, some coins and broken bits of ceramics. All pieces of history that tells us how the people of New Market lived some 200 years ago," said Dr. Schablitsky.
On Tuesday archaeologists were looking for evidence of the meals travelers ate, the status of the residents, and the use of the space around Smith's Tavern on East Main Street and Schell's Tavern on West Main Street. The goal of the dig was to learn more about the early 1790s.