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State dig revealing 700-year-old village
Associated Press

Michael Conner, associate curator at Dickson Mounds Museum, oversees an archeological dig at a 700-year-old American Indian settlement on the Emiquon Preserve near Lewistown.

 

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Published: 6/21/2009 12:03 AM

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LEWISTOWN -- The remains of a 700-year-old American Indian village are slowly beginning to emerge from the ground near Dickson Mounds. The ongoing archaeological dig is revealing tools, pottery and even the living quarters, and the public is invited to see the artifacts firsthand.

Students from Michigan State University are spending six weeks digging at The Nature Conservancy, located on land at the north end of the conservancy's Emiquon Preserve about two miles northeast of the Dickson Mounds Museum.

Their efforts have turned up shards of pottery, arrowheads and the foundations of houses and other structures that date back to about 1300.

The public was invited to the site for an open house on Saturday to view the findings.