Archaeological testing underway at Triangle Park following ancient burial site claims

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The firm, specializing in cultural heritage and historical preservation, will conduct archaeological testing at Triangle Park Wednesday at the site of a proposed turf field, funded by a grant from the National Football League, officials said.

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Non-invasive, ground penetrating radar will be used during the testing, according to the city. 

The City of Dayton has brought in a national consulting firm to further examine claims that Triangle Park is a Native American burial site, ahead of the installation of NFL-funded turf field, according to a media release from the city.

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An additional assessment will be conducted Friday by the State Historic Preservation Office. 

“We are continuing to consult with archaeological experts and members of the community to ensure that our process is inclusive, transparent and thorough,” officials said in the emailed release. 

The city announced plans in March to build the field with a $440,000 grant from the NFL in honor of its first game played at Triangle Park on Oct. 3, 1920, between the Dayton Triangles and Columbus Panhandles.

We’ll continue to update this story with more details as they become available. 

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