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18th-century fort discovered - Placentia
Posted by: Wm Considine (ID *****8725) Date: August 20, 2002 at 18:05:26
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From CP (Canadian Press) on Wednesday, July 24, 2002:

Workers unearth 18th-century fort

PLACENTIA, Nfld. (CP) - Historians are excited about the unearthing of an 18th-century British fort in Placentia on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.

A crew working on the town's water supply last Friday (July 19) uncovered a 13-metre section of Fort Frederick. Amanda Crompton, an archeologist, says it's believed the fort was constructed between 1713 and 1721. The structure was occupied and expanded up until 1811 when the British army moved to St. John's, Nfld.

Crompton says they are now working with the contractor and municipal officials to reroute the water lines to avoid damaging the fort walls. She says it's a big structure and it would take years to totally uncover. For now, archeologists are content to get a closer look at the structure and figure out what kind of shape it's in.


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