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The team works on the site beneath a stand of old oaks. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Warner Flower, a UNF graduate, and Emmalynn Myles, a junior History major, sort through the larger pieces after sifting the dirt away. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Warner Flower, a UNF graduate, holds a large piece of pottery found after sifting a sample of soil from the dig site. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Measurements are taken to check the depth of the dig. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Team members remove soil from the dig site that will be sifted and checked for artifacts. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Gabriella Teamkin, a senior ceramics major,(at right) sorts fragments found during the sifting process while Summer Wright, an anthropology and archaeology senior, (at left) continues to sift the soil. A sampling of the larger pieces of pottery and a deer bone sit on a clipboard. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Dr. Keith Ashley holds a sampling of pottery shards that show a waffle pattern on their outer surfaces. A deer bone sits at top right with the shards. Most of the pieces date back between 900-1200 AD. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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A sampling of pottery shards show a waffle pattern on their outer surfaces. A bone from a deer sits in at the lower left of the group. Most of the pieces date back between 900-1200 AD. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Team members remove soil from the site slowly checking the depth at intervals while others sift and sort the soil they have removed. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Lacy Bocharski (at center) shovels a load of soil from the site while other team members do the same or sift and sort the soil. Lacy, a senior anthropology and history student, has participated in the dig on the site for the last 3-years. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Dr. Keith Ashley uses a small trowel to search the dig site before the level was taken further down. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Dr. Keith Ashley holds a sampling of pottery shards that show a waffle pattern on their outer surfaces. Most of the pieces date back between 900-1200 AD. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Anthropology and Archaeology senior Summer Wright sifts a soil sample while Gabriella Teamkin, a ceramics senior and Emmalynn Myles, a history junior, do the same. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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Dr. Keith Ashley holds a collection of fish bones and vertebrae found in the soil of the dig site. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union)

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On Saturday Dr. Keith Ashley, Research Coordinator of the Sociology & Anthropology Archaeology Lab at the University of North Florida and a group of students and volunteers continued digging, sifting and sorting finds from a historical site in the Arlington area referred to as the Mill Cove Complex located on private property in what was once a major Native American site in Florida 1,000 years ago. The team separated dirt from oyster shells, fish bones, animal bone, non-native area rocks, charcoal and many pottery shards as they dug deeper into the small area on the property. The same site has been explored over the past several years in what has become an annual dig. | Buy Photos