1st vestige of French-built 1754 Fort Duquesne found

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Sacre bleu, they've unearthed part of Fort Duquesne!

Digging during the ongoing, $35 million renovation of Point State Park has exposed the remains of a drain that archaeologists say is part of the fort built at the Forks of the Ohio by the French in 1754.

The discovery is the first physical evidence of the French fort ever dug up, according to Brooke Blades, an archaeologist with A.D. Marble & Co., the firm hired by the state to oversee historical matters on the park renovation project.

"This is an exciting day in the history of archeology," Mr. Blades said..."This is tangible evidence of the past, where permanent European occupation of Pittsburgh began."...

Fort Duquesne was destroyed by the French as the British advanced in 1758 during the French and Indian War. The British, in turn, built Fort Pitt between 1759 and 1761.

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