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The Diamond Point Park Site         
Site Number(s):   21BL170  
County:   Beltrami, MN  
City Township:   Bemidji  
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Diamond Point Park view
View of the Diamond Point Park Site.

When the City of Bemidji decided to update their playground equipment at Diamond Point Park, it was determined that an archaeological survey of the entire park was necessary in order to identify the presence and location of any prehistoric site deposits.

 
Historical Artifacts
Historical artifacts recovered from the Diamond Point Park Site. Artifacts include brick, whiteware sherd, horseshoe nail, bottle stem, wire nails and musket ball.
Cobble hammerstone
Cobble hammerstone recovered from
the Diamond Point Park Site.
 
 

The Leech Lake Heritage Sites Program conducted an intensive survey of the park, consisting of some 500 shovel tests spaced at close intervals.

 
 
Brainerd ceramics recovered from the Diamond Point Park Site.
Brainerd ceramics recovered from
the Diamond Point Park Site.
Blackduck ceramics recovered from the Diamond Point Park Site.
Blackduck ceramics recovered from
the Diamond Point Park Site.
 
 

The findings of the survey determined that at least four different prehistoric cultures (Elk Lake, Laurel, Blackduck, and Wanikan) have occupied the shores of Lake Bemidji over the last 3,000 years. The close-interval testing also allowed the investigators to identify specific areas within the park that were used by the different cultural groups. Ceramic types found during the survey include Brainerd, Laurel, Blackduck, and Sandy Lake wares.

 
 
Sandy Lake ceramics recovered from the Diamond Point Park Site.
Sandy Lake ceramics recovered from
the Diamond Point Park Site.
Laurel ceramics recovered from the Diamond Point Park Site.
Laurel ceramics recovered from
the Diamond Point Park Site.
 
 
 


 

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