- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - An archaeology dig is planned this summer on an island in the upper Hudson River that’s considered the birthplace of the U.S. Army Rangers.

The annual summer field school held by the State University of New York Adirondack will be conducted from July 10 through Aug. 18 on Rogers Island in Fort Edward, 40 miles north of Albany.

Fort Edward was the site of Britain’s largest fortification during the French and Indian War. The island served as the base of operations for the British army scouts known as Rogers’ Rangers. The list of combat tactics Maj. Robert Rogers wrote at Fort Edward in 1757 is still taught to today’s Army Rangers and other special forces.

The summertime dig will be led by archaeologist David Starbuck, who last conducted excavations on Rogers Island in the late 1990s.

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