Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Digging for a Story

Most days, most stories and most ideas take a bunch of digging to research, gather and complete. So it's nice when a cool visual story is handed to you. It's even nicer when the story is of such significant subject matter.


On Friday intrepid meteorological/Reporter Charles Ewing and I were dispatched to Rockingham County to the site of a UNC-G archeological dig at a revolutionary war era historical site.

The site was home to a century old farm house that burned down in the 70s and the nearby hills and creeks were the workings of a little community that supported efforts in the US Revolution and the Civil War.


There was a lot of digging done for this story, but in this case the digging was the action I was documenting.

All I had to do was shoot video and listen for good sound, both in the form of human speak and nat sound, which is so precious to us TV Photog types.


The dig was an endless bounty of great pictures and sound. Every turn I made there was another visual, another natural moment, another great soundbyte.

For the aspiring archaeologists it as an endless bounty of artifacts, measurements and careful notetaking.


As the students went about their business and I went about mine, I couldn't help but thinking about who may have lived here 200 years ago and what life may have been like.


That's what these guys and girls were trying to find out too. The professor told us that General George Washington himself stayed on this property, according to historical journals.


And as these students continue to read the story buried in the red mixed dirt under this overgrown land, Charles and I came away with a great little story too.


The story of hard working students and teachers hustling to preserve a little known slice of American History in an effort to let it be known.


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