Early Accidental Anthropology

One of the fascinating things about the old newspapers we have on file is their local news columns. They are filled with random tidbits that sometimes lead to further questions. Here’s one of those items from the Morrison County Democrat, August 9, 1906:

While digging in a county ditch last week in Clough town near the center of section 33, the crane of the ditching machine of Harrison & Peterson unearthed the remains of six or seven skeletons of matured persons. They were lying close together; as a quartz arrow was found with the point sticking in one of the bones it is certain that they were killed a long time ago as the bones were found in a swampy place where they have been kept wet. Most of them were but slightly decayed.

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