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Fort Dobbs to hold archaeological survey July 13

STATESVILLE – For the first time in years, archaeologists will return to the site of Fort Dobbs to see what further secrets can be revealed about the French and Indian War fort.

A team led by John Mintz, the deputy state archaeologist, and Shawn Patch of New South Associates will be working at the site using metal detectors and ground penetrating radar to unearth historical information. The goal is not only to learn more about the 1760 Cherokee attack, but to also shed light on life at the military post, which housed an average of 50 soldiers for several years.

Most of the work on July 13 will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The public is invited to visit for free and learn more about the archaeological process. Visitors will also be able to view artifacts collected in previous digs, now on display in the site’s visitor center.

For additional information, call 704-873-5882. Fort Dobbs is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Fort Dobbs and North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events and living history weekends are offered throughout the year.

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