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The Archaeology Site at Historic Fort Steuben

Since 1978 there has been an active archaeological exploration of the site of Fort Steuben. Begun by the late Prof. Jack Boyde of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the careful excavation of the site has continued under the supervision of Prof. Phil Fitzgibbons at the University.

Every summer an Archaeology Field School is conducted for college credit at the site where students learn the delicate arts of carefully digging, sifting, extracting, and cataloging artifacts that have been uncovered. Among the articles found at the site are period buttons and coins as well as dishes, glassware, pottery and tools that were discarded over the past 200 years.

Many of the artifacts are on display in the Exhibit Hall of the Visitor Center as well as at Franciscan University of Steubenville. There is also information on archaeology procedures and tools in Historian Hall within the Fort.

Working with the archaeological team, Historic Fort Steuben offers students the opportunity to learn field techniques as part of the annual Summer Youth Program.

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