Chanhassen archaeological dig races clock, cold or very cold

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Any artifacts left in Chanhassen wetland will be destroyed when road project begins later this year.

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domino03Jan. 9, 14 7:16 AM

How is this legal? Wouldn't it be better for a greater number of people to have historical knowledge than another road?

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mpls5555Jan. 9, 14 8:04 AM

I'm torn between the idea that the discovery of an 8,000 year old arrowhead in our own backyard is awe inspiring and the idea that $300,000 and the labor of a dozen people to find a few old bones and stone pieces might be better spent elsewhere in the here and now, like spending time with a lonely old guy in a nursing home, or helping a child learn to read. God bless 'em for what they do though, especially in this weather. I hope they find enough to make their effort worthwhile. I'd love to see a follow up piece whent they're done.

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ddellwoJan. 9, 14 8:25 AM

No offense, but I suspect the banks of the Minnesota River are covered with untold numbers of sites just like this that are ripe for the taking. This site is not necessarily historically significant or even rare -- it just happens to sit where a new bridge is going to be built. The archeology community can now spin the "historically significant" card enough to cough-up tax dollars as part of a larger infrastructure project for an edeavor that would be unlikley to be funded as a stand alone project.

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dakmadeJan. 9, 14 9:27 AM

Archaeological searches are required whenever a new major road project is taken such as this one - by law. This road project is past due to improve a highway crossing that has been flooded out numerous times in the past 13 years and many before, causing serious economic impact on the connected communities. It turns a few mile trip into an over twenty mile because there is no other way to get across in either direction when it floods. One recent year we had three flood events in that year on the Minnesota River that flooded both relatively local crossings. And this IS in the outer ring southwestern metro area.

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godiveJan. 9, 1410:02 AM

"Half of Minnesota’s prehistory is during this period". So when did history begin? Didn't know there was such a thing as prehistory.

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flogdolphinJan. 9, 1410:37 AM

Road through swamp land, road through historic archeological site? I thought there were laws against running roads through these "protected" areas?

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spottedjagJan. 9, 1411:52 AM

The road reconstruction through this area is the device that makes this discovery possible. If the road construction wasn't happening, the archeological study wouldn't have happened. These artifacts would have just stayed on the bottom of a wetland. I'm proud that we are investing in the preservation of our past and investing in the infrastructure of our future.

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mattaudioJan. 9, 1412:16 PM

It's a sketchy project... very expensive bridge for very little benefit. Most projects like this have dubious cost benefit analyses even when the benefits will be reaped by the public every day. This is only of benefit the roughly 0.1% of the time (based on historical averages) when the road is flooded out. So it would need to be 1000x more productive than other albatrosses. Nope.

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