It has been an exciting couple of weeks here in Pope County. Archaeologists from the Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Historical Society have been conducting a dig at the DNR office site. The DNR will be constructing a new office, and the archaeologists are digging at the site before construction begins next month.
They are finding potsherds from both woodland and prairie cultures, bones (discarded from meals), flakes of stone created in the making of arrowheads & spear points, and intriguing pieces such as a clay pipe stem and a bear claw.
All the artifacts will be cleaned, analyzed and cataloged over the winter.
The public is invited to stop out and visit them at the dig site on the hill above the trout ponds at the fish hatchery on North Lakeshore Drive. It is a rare opportunity for us all to learn more about the people who lived here before white settlement.
The team has been very gracious in sharing information with us here at the museum about the tools and pottery fragments in our own collection.
Here are a just few pieces they identified for us: