Indian Spring students participate in archeological dig

Indian Spring students participate in archeological dig
Posted on 10/05/2015

Students at Indian Spring Middle School had an experience of a lifetime on Friday, October 2,
by taking part in an real-life archeological "dig" on their campus.

Students at Indian Spring Middle School had an experience of a lifetime on Friday, October 2, by taking part in an real-life archeological "dig" on their campus.

The students excavated an area of land surrounding the location where a concrete fountain once stood. The fountain, known as "La Pila," was the centerpiece of the Calle Dos neighborhood that was leveled during urban renewal in the 1950s. This neighborhood was populated mostly by Mexican-American families, many of whom used "La Pila" as a water source because many did not have indoor plumbing. Today, only the concrete base of the fountain remains.

The dig was supervised by Katherine Turner-Pearson, an archeologist and college professor who is working with Waco Hispanic Museum board members to preserve local Hispanic history and culture.

The "dig" was supervised by Katherine Turner-Pearson, an archeologist and college professor who is working with Waco Hispanic Museum board members to preserve local Hispanic history and culture.

The "dig" began on Friday and continued through the weekend with local community members participating.

"One of our main focuses is strengthening community involvement at Indian Spring," said Principal John Jenkins. "This is a fantastic way to make that happen."