By The Associated Press
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 27-year-old student has found what appears to be an ancient pottery fragment during an excavation at the Edwardsville campus of Southern Illinois University.
Bryan Clemons found a palm-sized piece of pottery this week believed to be about 2,000 years old.
Clemons is 1 of several anthropology students excavating two acres at the university.
He says being able to touch a piece of pottery someone made so many years ago is a connection to the past.
The region around Edwardsville is rich with ancient history.
In nearby Collinsville is the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. It's believed to have been inhabited from roughly 700 to 1400 A.D. Experts say it was among the most complex societies of prehistoric North America.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com