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Archaeological findings from CMHR site excavation to be made public

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Between 2008 and 2012, archeologists conducted a block excavation at the CMHR site at The Forks and also worked alongside construction crews while work on the the $365-million museum was underway.

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Between 2008 and 2012, archeologists conducted a block excavation at the CMHR site at The Forks and also worked alongside construction crews while work on the the $365-million museum was underway. Photo Store

The results of one of the largest archaeological excavations ever made in Manitoba are about to be made public by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Between 2008 and 2012, archeologists conducted a block excavation at the CMHR site at The Forks and also worked alongside construction crews while work on the the $365-million museum was underway.

Archeologists have summarized their findings in a 1,600-page report, the museum announced Tuesday. A summary as well as some artifacts will be presented to reporters on Wednesday, in the presence of First Nations elders.

The bulk of the artifacts found at the site date back to 1100 to 1400 A.D., a museum spokeswoman said. More recent archeological strata were destroyed by railway development a century ago, she said.

The findings help illuminate the history of the Winnipeg area between 600 and 900 years ago, she added.

Artifacts found previously at hunting and farming settlements in southern Manitoba from this time period suggest the presence of indigenous cultures variously referred to as late-period Woodland and Mississipian.

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