Sarah McKenzie

Finding history in Elliot Park's dirt

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Archeologist Kent Bakken races against developers to discover a fast-growing neighborhood's past

Kent Bakken sees something in the gravel in Elliot Park's vacant lots.

Most people gaze up at the skyscrapers when standing Downtown, forgetting about the stories buried underneath them.

Bakken, a University of Minnesota doctoral student in archaeology, has his nose to the ground, investigating shards of old porcelain bowls, glass bottles and other remains left from old homes that once lined the neighborhood's streets.

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