Bailey Park in Elk River is a new acquisition for the City and the public can help with a tentatively scheduled archaeological dig this summer for approximately two weeks.
This is very interesting. The City Council voted unanimously at its latest meeting to apply for a grant from he Minnesota Historical Society for funding to conduct the archaeological survey.
A professional archaeologist and volunteers would complete the survey. Volunteers would be paired with professional staff and encouraged to participate in all aspects of the field work, according to Elk River Environmental Administrator Rebecca Haug.
Daily tours would also be given for interested individuals.
This would not be the first time the city has invited the public to participate in an archaeological dig. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a public participation dig was held at the Alan Hoebelheinrich farm.
They hope to do it in June, in conjunction with the ArtSoup festival held in downtown Elk River. Bailey Point is located along the Mississippi and Elk rivers, just west of downtown,
The city purchased Bailey Point in November. The purchase was funded in part by a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant. As part of that grant agreement, the city is required to conduct an archaeological survey, Haug said.
The Elk River Heritage Preservation Commission and Elk River Park and Recreation Commission have also expressed support for seeking a grant to do the dig, she said. The amount to be requested hasn’t been finalized, but is expected to be about $13,000.
Part of this post was excerpted from the Elk River Star News. Thank to them.