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

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

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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 . . .


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