Archaeologists plan dig at NY's 1755 battleground

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — An archaeological dig at a French and Indian War battleground in the southern Adirondacks has been given the green light.

Archaeologist David Starbuck says he has received permission from state officials to conduct excavations this summer in an area of Lake George Battlefield Park.

The park on the lake's southern shore was the site of the September 1755 Battle of Lake George. A force of Colonial American militia and Mohawk warriors defeated an army of French and Indians in one of the war's earliest battles.

The site to be excavated was the scene of extensive military activity throughout the Revolutionary War.

Starbuck leads summertime digs in the Lake George region as part of SUNY Adirondack's archaeology field school. His teams conducted digs in the battlefield park in 2000 and 2001.