An archeological dig at an 18th-century battlefield in upstate New York may also turn up signs of the Revolutionary War's largest smallpox hospital.
The village of Lake George has yielded troves of artifacts over the decades. Tens of thousands of American, British and French troops and Indians encamped there during various military campaigns in the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and through the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783.
Many of the discoveries have been made at Lake George Battlefield Park, site of the Battle of Lake George in 1755. David Starbuck, the archaeologist who's leading the project, told the Associated Press he hopes to uncover evidence of that battle, and the so-called later entrenched camp that two years later played a role in the siege and massacre that inspired James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans.