FORT EDWARD — Despite the heat, bugs and poison ivy, participants in the latest SUNY Adirondack archaeological field school uncovered some historical buried treasure in Fort Edward over the past six weeks.
Some of the finds that most excited lead archaeologist David Starbuck included a piece of Chinese porcelain that soldiers during the French and Indian War period may have purchased from an 18th century merchant’s store, a Native American fire pit above the Hudson River and an ancient spear point.
Lab manager John Schroeter also showed one of the most intact spear points the group has uncovered, which he guesses is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.
“We look at that and go, ‘Oh my gosh,’ “ Schroeter said, pointing out the chips and notches on the spear point.
Starbuck said some of the latest uncovered artifacts will be on display at the Roger’s Island Visitor Center, showing a peek of the fruits of work done by more than 30 participants. By Friday, the dig site will be covered back up with dirt until the next time archaeologists come to investigate.
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Meanwhile at the visitor center, a new exhibit is open to the public featuring Capt. Robert Rogers, an American frontier soldier who wrote a rule book for forest warfare called “Rules of Ranging.” The exhibit is in its infancy, but Ed Carpenter, president of the Rogers Island Heritage Development Alliance, said there will be a video about the soldier on display in the next couple of weeks.
“We hope to fill the whole room,” Carpenter said about an area dedicated to the exhibit near the museum’s lobby. “When you think of Roger’s Island and all the rangers being stationed here, he’s just such an influential figure.”
Rogers, who Starbuck said was a kind of hero to some when it came to the French and Indian War, and a kind of villain when it came to the Revolutionary War, was an important character in the area’s history.
“If anybody is all good or all bad, they’re nowhere near as interesting,” he added.
For more information on the dig and the visitors center, visit rogersisland.org.