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Artifacts discovered at archeological dig at Crossroads

Two weeks' worth of digging at the Big Creek Cove Estuary Preserve in Sturgeon Bay has unearthed some interesting artifacts.  Randy Dickson from Sturgeon Bay and Bob Jeske, a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee, began digging at the site seven years ago. The archeological dig is a part of the area’s cultural heritage.  Jeske says the excavation has uncovered fire-cracked rock, stone flakes, pottery, bones, and arrowheads that date back to a Late Woodland Native American community over 1,000 years ago.




Dickson notes that for every hour the crew spends digging for artifacts, they spend eight to ten hours in the lab analyzing them.   Besides the research, the project included educational opportunities for area students to experience the scientific process during field trips to Crossroads at Big Creek. Another archeological dig is planned at Crossroads in the spring, according to Dickson.

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