By Becca Clark
Wrangell Sentinel 

Potentially prehistoric artifact found on land of former Wrangell Institute


Courtesy True North Sustainable Development Solutions

A piece of slate, fashioned as a net sinker, was found last year during ground work at the former Wrangell Institute property which is being developed for a residential subdivision. Archaeologists believe the item could be from prehistoric times.

A blue plastic baseball, part of a wooden clarinet, a glass Horlicks malted milk bottle, a 1938 Mercury dime and a net sinker made of slate, potentially from prehistoric times. All these items were discovered on the property of the former Wrangell Institute during archaeological monitoring completed last fall.

The borough is developing the property of the former Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school into the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.'aan) subdivision and plans to offer 20 residential lots for sale this summer.

The Wrangell Institute operated from 1932 to 1975, a period during which th...

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