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Fall Archaeological Dig harvests unique artifacts

The story of the Native Americans and the early European settlers who lived in Sturgeon Bay centuries ago is being further discovered this week.  The Fall Archaeological Dig is being conducted at Crossroads at Big Creek and The Cove Preserve through Friday.  Dr. Bob Jeske, professor emeritus at U.W. -Milwaukee, and Emily Rux, Archaeologist-in-residence at Crossroads, have been sifting through the grounds at the nature preserve finding artifacts that date back as far as 1,000 years ago  Rux explains how the dig started a few years ago after some surface finds were discovered. 




Dr. Jeske believes the current dig area was a multi-seasonal camp that was settled.  Items found will go to a lab for carbon dating which will help determine the exact age of the artifacts.  The dig on Monday netted pieces of a ceramic pottery jar, tools, deer bone and fish vertebrates.  In May, Dr. Jeske and Rux discovered a bone harpoon point along with larger diamond-shaped ceramic pieces during a dig. 

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