High school students study historical artifacts

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - While many high school students are spending their summer dipping into the pool, several are spending their time digging for Civil War Historical artifacts.

The students are participating in the Summer Ventures program at UNCW.  It's a competitive four-week program that allows students to dig and study historical artifacts.

"There's six other college campuses and only like 45 to 60 kids can get in," said Logan Wyot who is attending the summer program.  "It's really hard because everybody from the same state applies."

Logan is a high school junior and will use what he learns from the program to help him become an architect.

"I think it'll help me because it'll give me a book into the past, so I know what the past was like so I can bring that into the future," said Logan.

The students spent six days digging up artifacts in Brunswick Town Fort Anderson State Historical Park.

"It's really cool nobody has scene it or touched it in years," said Logan.  "That's really awesome to know that we found it as a group."

The Summer Ventures Program gives students an early advantage, but it also helps local historians, because the students find artifacts that otherwise may have never been found.

"I think the people at Brunswick Town Fort Anderson were thrilled it's been about 40 years since any sustained digging has happened," said professor Scott Simmons.

The students will collect data and research the artifacts they found before sending the results to the State Office of Archeologist in Raleigh.

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