Urban dig truly makes trash into treasures for local students

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CHICAGO – Pieces of history  buried deep in the ground were unearthed by local students rght in the heart of Chicago.

Lake Forest archaeology professor Rebecca Graff is leading her second urban dig at the Charnley-Persky House at Schiller and Astor.  It is real life hands on training on the grounds of the world renowned home designed by Louis Sullivan and a very young Frank Lloyd Wright on land once owned by the Palmer Family.

Graff and her students hope to unearth more about the socio economic status of the neighborhood.

Students are combing through two dig sites where garbage was tossed 100 years ago.

Dating will happen back in the Lake Forest College lab and analyzed in the classroom.  At the site, the group works to profile walls, soil and color code.  It is dirty work these future archaeologists couldn’t wait to get their hands on.

After all, one man’s trash is another students’ treasure.

Charnley-Persky House

1365 N. Astor St.


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