105. Archeological Inventory and Testing of New Pathways, Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota.
Sturdevant, Jay T.
In 2006, Grand Portage National Monument (GRPO) planned to upgrade its handicapped access through resurfacing of existing graveled pathways and natural dirt paths. The pathway extends southwest from the Kitchen/Great Hall area through the west gate of the reconstructed stockade, links to the restrooms and Canoe Warehouse, and joins with a pedestrian crossing on County Road 17 leading to the new Grand Portage Visitor Center. In October 2006, the Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) conducted exploratory testing of areas along the proposed pathway route where previous disturbances were not well documented or where potentially less disturbance has occurred. The archeological testing project was designed to address questions about the varying levels of disturbance along the path route that would either confirm that the paths would not impact undisturbed archeological resources or provide information to allow for avoidance of intact deposits.