Archaeological dig required at site of new Lisbon veterans home

Lisbon, North Dakota (AP) 1-08

The administrator of the North Dakota Veterans Home says an archaeological dig will be required before construction on a new veterans home can start.

Administrator Mark Johnson said the dig will start this spring, as part of the environmental assessment process.

“We were notified of the possibility that there may be an Indian burial ground on our site,” Johnson said.

“We have learned that the dig might take anywhere from 30 days to 90 days. “

The construction site is next to the existing Lisbon veterans home, is near the Sheyenne River.

“It used to be kind of the old river bottom and the river’s changed its way. They’re thinking that maybe there might be something along that area,” Johnson said.

“Nothing’s ever been found or unearthed. It’s just been something that has been put on a map, and so we’re just going to have to deal with that,” he said.

The new veterans home is to be a 150-bed facility costing an estimated $24 million.