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Archaeology Students Dig Bells Bend

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Archaeology students will be spending a lot of time in West Nashville over the next few weeks digging up whatever they can find at Bells Bend Park

Students said that small finds can give them lots of information. They say something as simple a copper bead necklace something not naturally found here lets them know how hunters and gathers settled or moved into this area.

According to the specialists finding small artifacts is the equivalent of picking up someone's cell phone today-- and looking through their contacts or social network. Knowing where someone came from gives them a tremendous amount of information, like how populations adapted to climate change.

The groups are from University of Tennessee as well as other schools trying to learn everything they can along the banks of the Cumberland River.

"There's still a lot here to be explored , and there's been a lot of archeology that's been done here and there's still a lot more left to do so one of the things that we're doing is trying to help contribute to understanding this drainage in general," said Shane Miller, a Project Co-Director.

The group isn't keeping their discoveries secret as they document Middle Tennessee's prehistoric cultures. They're working through August 7th and updating their website and Facebook page along the way.

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