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Oneida Nation Youth Work/Learn Program Diggin’ History

This year the youth explored the area known as the Vallaincourt site, home to an Oneida village in the 1500s. The site, with magnificent views of the valley below and glimpses of Oneida Lake in the distance has never been completely excavated. Eight longhouses are known to be part of the village and there could be more. While digging this year, hoping to find illusive remains of an Oneida village palisade, the seven students did find some artifacts including arrowheads and pieces of ancient pottery.

The Oneida Nation’s Youth Work/Learn Program, for more than 11 years, has given participants in the program an opportunity to learn about their past through this hands on experience - the annual Youth Archaeology Dig.

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