University of Idaho

MOSCOW - Moscow High School students and their counterparts at the University of Idaho have the opportunity to dig into some Palouse-area history throughout September on the high school campus.

A team of archaeologists from U of I, as well as high school and college students, are conducting a public excavation at the site in hopes to find objects from the high school’s history over the past 80 years.

“What is today the high school property was a part of the town that was the earliest settlement of Moscow,” said Professor Mark Warner, an archaeologist in U of I’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “Before the high school was built on that site, there were homes and an earlier building used as the high school dating back to the 1890s, if not earlier. We hope to identify things associated with 19th century life in Moscow. Sometimes the small objects can tell bigger stories.”

Artifacts found at the site will be cleaned and catalogued by students at the U of I and then be used for research by both high school and college students.

Work at the site started Friday, Sept. 6, and will continue over the course of September. The site (located at 402 E 5th St., Moscow) will be open to the public from 2:30 - 5 p.m. each Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday, through approximately October 5th.