12/05/08 - Amateur archaeologist stalks Black Hawk’s village

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It was a May afternoon in 1973, and Ferrel Anderson was driving down Rock Island’s 11th Street, near the intersection of 46th Avenue.

As an amateur archaeologist — a person who studies ancient cultures by collecting and studying their material remains — Anderson was ever on the lookout for places where people were digging, especially in that area where he knew the Sauk Indians had once lived.