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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Chippewa County Historical Society canoes turn out to be 3rd and 4th oldest in Minnesota

  • The two dugout canoes at the Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS) are much older than previously thought.
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  • The two dugout canoes at the Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS) are much older than previously thought.
     
    “Two amazing pieces of history, found right here in Chippewa county,” said Executive Director June Lynne.
     
    One found in the Minnesota River by Doug Peterson in the 1980s was carbon dated to between 1626 and 1679.
     
    The other, found in the Chippewa River by Ole Torgerson in the 1860s was carbond dated back to between 1436 and 1522.
     
    These discoveries were made after Maritime Heritage Minnesota, curious about dugout canoes, wrote a grant to the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) to carbon date canoes
    around the state last year.
     
    The younger of the two, referred to simply as the “Minnesota River canoe,” was listed with the state archaeologists, prompting the MNHS to carbon date it last December, free of charge.
     
    The CCHS was thankful as carbon dating can cost between $400 and $600 per artifact.
     
    It was not until the MNHS arrived in Montevideo did they realize the CCHS in fact had two dugout canoes and proceeded to carbon date “Ole’s canoe” as well.
    See Canoes page 10A

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