Rockton archaeologists dig for old house - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockton archaeologists dig for old house


Macktown Living History Center in Rockton could soon have a new addition to its 19th century village.

Archaeologists have been digging for the last five years on the land once owned by William Shores. They know a house once stood on the property, but first they have to find it. Last year's discover of a Cistern has the diggers hopeful they are close to finding the 170-year-old home's foundation.

"Usually the cistern is at the corner of a house, a building, because it catches all the water that comes down off the roof. So we have the cistern now, we're heading this way looking for the house foundation," said Rochelle Lurie, archaeologist.

The archaeologists say they have found a lot of American Indian relic during their dig as well.

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