Eighth-graders from Eastern Greenbrier Middle School help archaeologists get to the bottom of the history of the people who built Fort McCoy in 1769 and used it to fight off an Indian attack in 1778.
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School student Derrick Lowe trowels through a layer of dirt that might contain artifacts at the Fort McCoy excavation site.
Dig volunteer Bob Sheets of Green Bank dumps a bucket of soil scraped from the dig site onto a sifting screen, where artifacts are separated from dirt.
Artifacts unearthed at the site run the historic gamut, from a relatively recent folding pocketknife to a spear point dating back thousands of years. Pottery fragments traced back to 18th-century England also are among the finds.
Sue Miles of Morgantown (left), whose fifth great-grandfather built Fort McCoy, shows archaeologist Kim McHenry an overgrown cemetery containing the graves of many of William McCoy's descendants.
This 19th-century barn incorporated the historic fort in its design, protecting its logs for more than 150 years, before a tornado and last year's derecho brought it near collapse.
A portion of the fort was used as a storage room inside the barn, and was still intact after the barn was demolished. Its logs are being saved for a planned re-assembly of the fort near its original site.