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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Mike Dibattista Postmedia Network A team of students from Wilfred Laurier University excavated through sections of land beside Old Fort Erie along the Niagara Parkway on Friday May 15, 2015. Aaron Fehir works on one of the sections in an area that was once home to an American encampment during a seige between Americans and the British on Aug. 15, 1814. Alison Langley Postmedia Network Fragments of porcelain cups and hand-forged nails are giving archeologists a glimpse into Fort Erie's past. "We're finding indications of buildings with nails made by black smiths and we're finding very early window glass and we're finding food bone as well," Dr. John Triggs, an archeology professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, said Friday as a team of students excavated and sifted through sections of land along the Niagara Parkway. Triggs and about 20 students began excavating earth beside Old Fort Erie last week in an area that was once home to an American encampment during a seige between Americans and the British on Aug. 15, 1814. At the start of the siege, between 2,000 and 2,500 American soldiers were camped at the site. "We're researching an American camp but we're working on Canadian soil which is very unusual," Triggs said. The research project will also look into the estimated 50 to 100 native allies who participated in the siege. While the fort played a major role during the War of 1812, items the students are uncovering actually pre-date the war. "This is a complex site," Triggs explained. Before the present fort was built in 1805-1807, the area was home to a British fort. Built in 1764, it was located on the river's edge below Old Fort Erie. The fort served as a supply depot and a port for ships transporting merchandise, troops and passengers to the Upper Great Lakes. Winter storms caused considerable damage to the little fort and a replacement fort, built south of the earlier one, was also damaged during a storm in early 1803. CONTINUED > PAGE 2 CAR CARE CENTRE 465 Central Avenue, Fort Erie, ON L2A 3T8 Jeff Damude, a long time resident of Fort Erie and past Vice President of Automotive Services with CAA and Director of Club owned Repair with AAA along with his thirty years of automotive expertise is excited to introduce you to Performance Plus Car Care Centre, our new full service maintenance and repair facility located at 465 Central Avenue in Fort Erie. Our mission is to deliver value to automotive maintenance and repairs while maintaining high quality standards.

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