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JMU Project Team Digs for Treasure in Staunton

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A group from JMU went to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in hopes of finding treasure. A group from JMU went to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in hopes of finding treasure.
JMU archaeologists hope to uncover treasure at WWPL in Staunton. JMU archaeologists hope to uncover treasure at WWPL in Staunton.
STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) -

Volunteers are digging for treasures buried on the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library property in Staunton.

The James Madison University public service project led by archaeologist Dennis Blanton is exploring a dozen spots throughout the property. Blanton says they’ve already unearthed numerous potential artifacts and the property is deserving of a full scale dig.

“It’s not about filling bags with things that we can be curious over which would be like buttons and bones, and broken pieces of pottery and glass,” Blanton said. “But what we really want to know is what those things tell us about the lives of people.”

Once all the artifacts have been gathered from this exploratory phase, they will go to a lab for examination.