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June 25, 2003 -- No. 348

UNC archaeologists to reveal ‘exciting’ discovery of important Indian settlements

News Conference
Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m.
Research Laboratories of Archaeology
Old Alumni Building, UNC Campus

Results of an "exciting discovery" about Indians central to North and South Carolina’s Colonial and Revolutionary War history will be announced Thursday (June 26) at a news conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The briefing will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 111 of the old Alumni Building, just west of Morehead Planetarium. (Note: This is not the new George Watts Hill Alumni Center near Kenan Stadium.)

Drs. Stephen Davis and Brett Riggs, staff archaeologists with UNC’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology, will describe their Catawba Indian settlement excavations this summer between Charlotte and Rock Hill, S.C., and their findings. Dr. Vincas Steponaitis, director of the laboratories, also will participate. Visuals will include artifacts recovered from the sites.

Reporters can park in visitor spaces in the Morehead Planetarium parking lot.

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