Homestead Digging For History

Beatrice–The Homestead National Monument of America northwest of Beatrice is the site of an archaeological survey this month. Members of the Midwest Archaeological Center of Lincoln have spent the past week at the Monument and will continue searching next week for artifacts.

Park Ranger Susan Cook says the survey process began last month…

“to see what they are”    :35

Cook says the last survey that was conducted at the Monument was in 19-86. Before that a survey was completed in 19-48.

“exactly where it was”    :24

Archaeologist Rebecca Wiewel says the first few digs have been successful at finding small items that were used by Homesteaders and Native Americans…

“thousand years ago”   :24

Wiewel says items that are found and collected are taken back to Lincoln. She says once the items are cleaned and documented there is a chance that the items could be on display at the Monument for short period of times. Otherwise, she says most of the items collected will be placed into storage…

“might be related to this”   :22

Wiewel has been working in the archaeological field for fifteen years and says sometimes the job can be disappointing when a dig turns up to be empty handed…

“its always a surprise”   :13

Staff members of the Midwest Archaeological Center will continue their dig at the Monument thru May 10th. Ranger Cook says the public is invited to visit the Homestead and visit with members of the Society and watch the survey process. A special program about the project will be held Saturday afternoon at 2pm at the Education Center.

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