Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Preservationists say history being buried at historic Fort Pitt
In 1759, British forces successfully beat back French occupiers of a triangular point of land where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers meet to form the Ohio river. The British built Fort Pitt and named the adjoining area Pittsburgh.

Today, next to office buildings and sitting underneath modern highways, part of Fort Pitt is surrounded by a chain-link fence. Inside, construction equipment scoops up dirt and broken chunks of concrete in preparation to cover a wall and moat that once surrounded the fort.

State officials say the renovation at Point State Park will create a flatter space that can be used better for community events. But critics say history is being buried because so little is known about what actually lies beneath the land.

Technically, it appears that nothing will be "lost" just buried, meaning that it will be available for future archaeologists to work on.