Statement issued Wednesday:
Much like a detective sifting through clues to solve a mystery, student teams from Ball State University recently used ground penetrating radar and dug through feet of clay to find the precise location of historic Fort Recovery.
During an immersive learning class, students uncovered discovered the location of the east-west palisade of Fort Recovery, which was built in 1793 – during the height of the Indian battles that raged at that time in west central Ohio.
“I would say this is a pretty significant find for the community as well as our students,” said Ball State anthropology professor Mark Groover. When we found the trench that was the site for the original wall, we were amazed it was pretty much out in the open – in a small grassy alley not far from Fort Recovery State Museum. But it was up to our students to put all the information together in order to find the place to start the dig.”
During the during completed excavation of the site, several artifacts from the late 1700s and early 1800s were found, including shells, scissors, lantern hardware and the middle bracket of a 1766 Charleville musket. The artifacts will be analyzed by Ball State and then returned for display at the museum. Another group of Ball State students is mapping the battles that were fought in the area.
Read more about the find: http://www.bsu.edu/news/article/0,1370,7273-850-65342,00.html