- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Archaeologists in DeKalb are excavating a barn on the Glidden Homestead that dates to 1870.

Eli Orrvar is an archaeology graduate student at Northern Illinois University. He’s working with homestead director Rob Glover to explore the history of the barn. The property belonged to barbed wire baron Joseph F. Glidden.

Glover tells The (DeKalb) Daily-Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1ToshND ) that once the barn is fully excavated and restored it will show DeKalb’s transition from an agricultural to manufacturing economy.

The goal is to complete excavation by July or August. Glover says Glidden had more than 20 patents so there’s no way to know what could be found in the barn. So far workers have found a glass medicine bottle, a kitchen knife handle and glass fragments along with coal and animal bones.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, https://www.daily-chronicle.com


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