MPR — The biggest surprise to emerge from an archaeological survey that started late this fall in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is what hasn’t turned up.
A site such as this — land where Native Americans once hunted bison and elk, where the St. Francis River provided prime campsites, where Europeans once farmed — holds promise.
There’s potential to find evidence of Native American cultures, of fur traders and farmers.
On the day after Thanksgiving, with the St. Francis River providing a shimmery, sunlit backdrop, McFarlane dug shovel test pits with Jim Cummings, principal investigator, and Jacob Fritz, who is pursuing a master’s in cultural resources management at St. Cloud State University.