Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently went digging for clues while excavating land that was once home to an Onondaga Nation village.
Earlier this month, Anthropology students and F-M Archaeology Club members under the guidance of history teacher Todd Sorenson spent time sifting and digging through soil, examining even the smallest of unearthed objects and recording any discoveries during a “dig” held at the historical site on Broadfield Road in Manlius. The school district owns the parcel of land.
Since the early 1990s, F-M students have been able to visit the site. Every summer, the district in partnership with the Town of Manlius hosts a cross-cultural, weeklong Archaeology Camp where students get the opportunity to excavate parts of the land alongside Onondaga Nation members and collegiate educators.
Any discoveries are recorded and added to the high school’s collection of Native American artifacts that have come from the Broadfield Road site. In the past, students have found arrowheads, stone tools and pottery shards.
The following images were taken during the excavation in May.