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May 5, 2005

Plains-- You may think archaeologists look for dinosaur bones, but actually archaeologists search for the artifacts people left behind generations ago.

Today, some students from across the state came to the boyhood home of President Jimmy Carter to learn about the Native Americans who once lived on the land.

For years, students have come to former President Jimmy Carter's childhood home to learn about his life before the White House. But today dozens of students learned about the people who lived on President Carter's farm hundreds of years before him.

The Department of Transportation and Carter National Historic Site held an Archaeology Day, bringing in Cherokee Indians to tell the students about Native American Culture.

Students learned traditional dances, and students watched as men made arrowheads. The Indians used the arrowheads to make weapons. Each tribe had their own arrowhead style.

Now, DOT Archaeologists use the arrowheads to piece together history, and before south Georgia's beloved President. So today turned out to be two history lessons in one for these kids.

Before any DOT projects begins, archeologist, historians, and ecologist research the site to make sure progress doesn't destroy the past.