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On Friday, August 27th, students of the Department of History at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) gathered to learn more about the Avalon Plantation.

Archaeologist and part-time UAH lecturer Dr. Ben Hoksbergen led the presentation and tour to help students understand the archaeology right under their feet on the UAH Campus. Until the end of the Civil War, this land was a plantation called Avalon. Students were able to hear the history and legacy of Avalon, visit the graveyards on campus related to the plantation, and see artifacts from previous archaeological digs related to Avalon.

For one student, Emily Therrell (Junior, History), by researching the Avalon Plantation she not only uncovered history but also found a new major and passion. 

"For the past two years, I've done extensive research on Avalon Plantation, scouting out cemeteries through Madison County, digging through every Huntsville history book I could find, and compiling a lengthy family tree showing how the Jones family connected to almost every major Huntsville family. The search for information about Avalon led me to some really amazing connections with local historians, archaeologists, organizations, descendants, and even cemetery boards, as well as giving me an understanding of the rich cultural history of Huntsville as a city."

See more of the event from the photos below. For more information about UAH History, please contact history@uah.edu.

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