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If you’re an archeologist, you’re going to get your hands dirty.

That didn’t bother Jennifer Williams’ third-graders, who were covered with dirt when they finished digging for artifacts recently in the courtyard of Gallier House, on Royal Street in the French Quarter.

The Newman School pupils were wrapping up a lesson in archeology and the history of New Orleans with a visit to the 1857 home of renowned architect James Gallier. After exploring the house, the 30 students fanned out across the courtyard, where roped-off areas of soil hid pottery, bones and other rubbish tossed out the nearby kitchen doors 150 years ago.

“This is a mock archeological dig, based on the findings of an investigation Tulane University did in the 1970s,” said Williams, Newman’s science teacher. “They’re not only digging in the ground — it synthesizes everything they’ve learned.” Read more.

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