Graceland University History Club is sponsoring an archeological dig in Lamoni the first weekend of April (1-3). The site that has been selected is the foundation of one of the first homes built in Lamoni near the end of the 19th century.
There was interest in the History Club to experience an archeological dig. Bri Christensen brought this up with Julian Franklin (a Graceland alum) who is wanting to plant a garden next to his home. The main obstacle is the foundation stones of the historic house that was demolished next door. Mr. Franklin is interested in history and agreed to allow the History Club to conduct an archeological dig on the site.
The past two weekends, Bri Christensen and Katherine Gardner have worked with David DeBarthe and property owner Julian Franklin to set up the archeological dig site. The first weekend they measured out and marked the dig site and then locals from Lamoni came with metal detectors to determine specific potential dig sites. The day of preliminary digging was very successful. Square nails (used in construction pre-1900) were found, along with car keys, soda cans, and unidentified metal.
Using the data from where artifacts were found with the metal detectors and the outline of the foundation one-meter square test plots were marked out. These test plots will be where the digging will occur the first weekend of April.
The archeological dig is being overseen by archeologist Paul DeBarthe and his brother David DeBarthe who has worked with his brother on archeological digs in Nauvoo, Illinois for years. The DeBarthes were raised in Lamoni and both received their undergraduate degrees from Graceland University.
Those who are interested in observing or helping with the archeological dig are welcome to come from 4pm-7:15pm Friday (April 1), 10am-7:15 Saturday (April 2) and 1-7:15 Sunday (April 3). The dig site is half a block South of the Coliseum on S Maple Street. For more information, contact Bri Christensen or Katherine Gardner. No experience in archeology is necessary. The History Club hopes that this will be a fun and educational experience for all wanting to participate or observe!
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