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Intact, Archaic-Period Campsite Found in Minnesota

Monday, July 29, 2013

CHANHASSEN, MINNESOTA—An Archaic Period campsite was found along the Minnesota River during a survey for bridge construction. The 8,000-year-old camp was protected by ten to 12 feet of peat, cattails, and swampy land. “We found evidence for making stone tools, butchering and processing animals (such as turtles, fish, and bison), and we found one fire hearth. Since we know so little about this time period, even small campsites are very important for what they tell us about people’s diet, what their tools were, and how they lived,” said archaeologist Frank Florin. Further excavation will take place this fall.