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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:36am

Frontier Fort Still Holds Secrets

Updated: 3 years ago.
The Fort Hawkins dig in 2007. Digging has resumed on the site and archaeologists have found fragments of frontier-era guns. Archaeologist Daniel Elliott and his mostly volunteer team also have found white and green glazed plates, and an odd squatting pewter dog figurine. (Photo Courtesy of the Lamar Institute.)

Archaeologists have begun digging again at Fort Hawkins, and they say they've found fragments of frontier-era guns at the old Macon-area post.

The team is trying to map the outer palisade wall of the frontier fort, which was built in 1808.

Archaeologist Daniel Elliott says the wall was likely built for extra protection during the War of 1812. The non-profit Fort Hawkins Commission plans to use the results of the dig as the blueprint for building a replica palisade in time for the war's bicentennial next year.

Elliott and his mostly volunteer team also have found white and green glazed plates, and an odd squatting pewter dog figurine.

The last archaeological dig at Fort Hawkins ended in 2007.

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