Fort Duquesne remnants uncovered
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Archaeologists have uncovered long-buried remnants of Pittsburgh’s original fort, state officials announced today.
A drainage system that once served Fort Duquesne in the mid-1700s was found during a $35 million renovation of Point State Park, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The fort was later replaced by the much larger Fort Pitt, which was situated further up the Point and protected about 600 people during the French and Indian Wars in the mid-18th century.
Park renovations have been underway since December and included the controversial burial of a section of Fort Pitt that contained original bricks. Remnants of Fort Duquesne had been buried more than 100 years ago when the Point grew into a bustling railyard.