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Professor to share Little Round Hill excavation findings

University of Minnesota anthropology professor Kat Hayes will speak at Old Wadena Society's annual spring program at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 11 at T. Maxwell's in Staples.

Hayes and a group of her students conducted archeological excavations at the Little Round Hill site in Old Wadena County Park last summer. After a group of local volunteers helped clear the area of brush and small trees in the spring, Hayes did site mapping and conducted preliminary chemical testing for potential pit locations. The U of M team arrived in June and spent a month excavating four study pits and documenting the findings. She will use slides to present background history of the site and the findings of last summer's work.

Hayes did her graduate work at the University of California Berkeley, focusing on Colonial period interactions between Native Americans and enslaved Africans at a site in New York. She worked as a project archaeologist in Massachusetts for several years before coming to Minnesota.

Sunday's program is free and open to the public. Attendees may choose to come early for the breakfast buffet or order off the menu for lunch before the program begins.

Following the program, this year's OFS award will be presented to archaeologist Doug Birk, who has conducted research and two archaeological excavation studies at Old Wadena in 1992 and 2000.