BWCA may have been site of oldest settlement in Minn.

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

BWCA may have been site of oldest settlement in Minn.

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM CST

St. Cloud, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A St. Cloud State researcher believes he's found one of the oldest settlements in Minnesota...and it's in the Northland.

According to the St. Cloud Times, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Mark Muniz, has been testing soil excavated in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and says one site may have been home to one of the oldest settlements in the state.

Muniz has led several trips to the area to study tool making sites of the Paleo-Indians who occupied parts of northern Minnesota between 11,000 to 12,500 years ago or earlier.

But now, test results from soil excavated from sites at Knife Lake show evidence of habitation 16,400 years ago, plus or minus 2,000 years.

Muniz is applying for another grant to test other soil samples to get more data about the possible age of the soil where the stone tools were made. He’s not gotten any evidence that suggests his theory is wrong that the Knife Lake site could be one of the oldest inhabited sites in the state.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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