Friday, July 07, 2006

Ridgely find may be thousands of years of years old
For the past year, archaeologists have been unearthing pieces of history underneath Fort Ridgely Historic District and state park, where thousands of artifacts lie below the surface. Most recently crews have been busily clearing items from areas where construction crews will soon remodel a golf course that runs through portions of Fort Ridgely.

In those areas, archaeologists have found many artifacts from the actual fort, the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 - when the Dakota Indians attacked Ridgely - and various other American Indian artifacts ranging from tools to arrowheads.

Last week, however, diggers possibly stumbled upon one of the most significant and oldest finds.