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Early Sandpoint artifacts found

SANDPOINT – An archaeological dig conducted ahead of a North Idaho highway project has uncovered nearly 600,000 artifacts from the late 1800s to early 1900s at Sandpoint’s original town site.

Officials unveiled last Friday some of the artifacts found during the dig conducted from 2005 to 2008, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported. The dig preceded the $100 million U.S. Highway 95 realignment project called the Sand Creek Byway.

“It’s pretty unique,” said Bob Weaver of the Environmental History Co., a Seattle company that oversaw the project. “It’s unique in the sense of what we’ve found, but it’s also unique in the sense of how much we essentially were allowed to find. You don’t get broad-brush collections like this very often.”

The dig turned up hundreds of bottles, including a hundred empty champagne splits, as well as patent medicine bottles. Hair combs, buttons, toys, beads, a gun, and items from a Chinese laundry were also found. Full story.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.