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Matthew Warwick enters GPS coordinates to mark where a stone flake or chip was found along the Pomme de Terre River in Swift County. Stone pieces that appear to have resulted from flint knapping -- the making of stone projectile points and tools -- will be analyzed at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Seeking first people who lived in Swift County

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APPLETON -- Trowel-packing archaeologists have ventured everywhere from the wild rainforests of Tasmania to the empty deserts of Mongolia to uncover the secrets of our past.

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Yet none has ever probed the much kinder landscape formed by prairie and lakes in Swift County.

They should, for all the same reasons they've taken their trowels to the far edges of the earth.

"Because we know so little about it,'' said Dr. Scott Anfinson, Minnesota state archaeologist.

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