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Archaeology Students Conduct Survey at U.S. Grant Historic Site

Lindenwood University’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeological Research Program is conducting an archaeological survey of select areas of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site June 4 through 14. The survey will be conducted by students and faculty as part of Lindenwood’s 2018 Archaeological Field School. The program received a permit from the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center to conduct the survey.

Students are conducting a phase one cultural resource survey consisting of shovel testing, limited excavation, and metal detector surveying. The site’s staff requested that Lindenwood’s archaeologist, Dr. Steve Dasovich, undertake the project after recent clearing of invasive plant species allowed access to areas of the property that have not been archaeologically tested. 

The work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather-permitting, possibly through June 14. Visitors are invited to view the progress of the excavations, but volunteers are not being solicited.

The archaeology field school is held every other summer to provide anthropology and archaeology students the opportunity to perform actual work in a real archaeological dig. Past projects have included digs in St. Charles surrounding searches for the sites of pioneer Louis Blanchette’s home and the first church established in the city.

For further information contact Dr. Steve Dasovich: sdasovich@lindenwood.edu; Cell: 314-609-6132, or visit the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site website at https://www.nps.gov/ulsg/ or call at 314-842-1867.

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