Bridge construction unearths Clark County artifacts

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 8:24 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Cranes and machinery stay positioned as work continues on the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Archaeologists digging on the Indiana side have unearthed pieces of history in Jeffersonville.

“Well it has a very rich history. It’s the nucleus of the town of Jeffersonville. This is where it started and began to expand,” Clark County Historian Jeanna Burke said.

Burke says the site on West Riverside Drive is where Governor Thomas Posey lived in the early 1800’s.

Pieces of limestone foundation were found that may be associated with the governor along with pottery next to the Kennedy Bridge.

A lot of earth will be excavated for the Ohio River Bridges Project and this area here in Jeffersonville could be rich with archaeological items.

Burke wants to see whatever is found in the ground to stay in Clark County.

“You know it’s a self-esteem building thing. Look here’s the governor’s broken piece of jewelry – the standard of living at those times,” she said.

Burke wants to ensure Clark County’s heritage stays at home to teach generations to come about the area’s rich history.

 

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