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Archaeologists Search for Location of Fort Larned Graves

Associated Press - April 19, 2016 10:03 am

a grave stone

Archaeologists think they have a better idea of where bodies are buried near the Fort Larned National Historic Site in Kansas.

The fort’s history stretches back to 1859, when thousands of soldiers were stationed there to preserve peace among Santa Fe Trail travelers and Native Americans. It didn’t become the Fort Larned National Historic Site until Aug. 31, 1964.

The Great Bend Tribune reports that a crew surveyed 16 acres at the fort this month using non-invasive surveying methods, such as ground-penetrating radar. Historical accounts indicate that deceased civilians and military personnel, perhaps as many as 100, were buried near the fort.

Although archaeologist Steven De Vore has a good idea of the bodies’ location, excavation work would be needed to determine the precise location.

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