We accidentally created a few lists at the root of our SharePoint 2010 site and need to move them to a subsite. How do you do this? We tried exporting as a template, but then the list became a library item. Thanks.
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Full tutorial (this is talking about between SharePoint servers, but its the same process between siets)
Other ways include
Instead of exporting as a template, rather use the Sharepoint Backup Tools.
Click "Export a site or list"
Select the List you want to backup.
Import into correct location using :
Please check these technet documents
Sample Import (path to subsite, list path will come out of the export):