Fort Scott National Historic Site plans geophysical survey

August 2, 2021 GMT

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — Fort Scott National Historic Site will be conducting a geophysical survey to better understand how the fort looked in the 1840s.

A four-person crew from the Nebraska-based Midwest Archeological Center will look into the ground using ground-penetrating radar and other technology to survey the area known as the Quartermaster’s Quandrangle. They will also survey for other features such as latrines, washhouses and other buildings.

The survey work begins Monday and will continue through Aug. 13, Fort Scott said in a news release.

The crew plans to return next spring to survey areas in the restored prairie.

“We will be able to see exactly where fort buildings, patios, and walkways were in the 1840s” said Fort Scott Superintendent Betty Boyko. “Many of these structures have been lost over time, but through technology, we can better understand how the fort originally looked.”