Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center Education Coordinator Susan Sachs begins the day's archaeological dig with a brief student orientation to the site.
Sachs explains some of the artifacts found at an archaeological dig site in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
University of Tennessee senior archaeologist Mike Angst explains site features to a group of high school students in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Angst explains that this was once a Cherokee settlement. The deep hole to his left is an excavated section of the plot.
Angst explains features of the former settlement.
Students look for small pieces of pottery or charcoal as they sift dirth through screens.
Parks Education Coordinator Susan Sachs explains that the shards are so small that it's sometimes difficult to determine them from rocks or other debris.
Students measure and mark each plot under the supervision of National Park Service staff.
High school student Dronyea Sanders takes measurements for the next plot.
High School student Dronyea Sanders, from Greenville, North Carolina, volunteered in the park as part of the Americore program this summer.
National Park archeologist Amanda Callahan-Mims (left) checks Sanders' work.
Dronyea Sanders checks his plot coordinates with UT senior archaeologist Mike Angst.
The dig site spanned the roadside on Highway 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Park service senior archaeologist Erik Kreusch makes notes about the site excavated earlier in the week.
Damon Ayen, 14, (left) interviews his dad, Beau Carroll.