Archaeology dig at police facility site uncovers clues of early Salem.

Archaeology dig at police facility site uncovers clues of early Salem.


If you’ve driven past the future home of Salem Police headquarters recently, you may have noticed a crew wearing orange safety vests, digging in designated areas, and sifting through buckets of dirt.

A team of archaeologists — both professional and aspiring — are in the middle of an excavation and data recovery mission on what was one of the first residential blocks in Salem and is now a designated historic site.

We can share with you there’s a lot of buzz on site about blocks and quadrants, pre-contact findings and stratigraphy.

But what you really want to know is, have any artifacts been discovered?

Archaeological Investigations Northwest, with help from a platoon of volunteers, has collected and documented several, including a 140-year-old glass fruit jar, pieces of bone and metal, square nails, and Native American lithics . . .

Read on . . .