"Reaume's Leaf River Post" Survey Project: Remote Sensing and Archaeological Investigation
To conduct an archaeological survey of the Reaume Leaf River Post Site site using ground-penetrating radar.
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.
A geophysical survey was conducted in the spring of 2013 by Archaeo-Physics at Reaume's Leaf River Fort, an 18th century fur trade fort in Wadena County, Minnesota. The investigation used non-invasive geophysical methods to map subsurface archaeological features at the site. In addition, a topographic map of the site was created using Lidar elevation data. The effectiveness of the subsurface mapping methods was somewhat impaired by high soil moisture but useful results were obtained and the survey was successful.
The University of Minnesota team then undertook a two-week excavation with a small crew. As for the excavations, they did confirm the presence of multiple buildings as opposed to one long barrack-like building.