The Marshall Area Historical Society will hold a special archaeology dig on June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The dig will be held at the Marshall Hotel, 113 Main St., Marshall.

The hotel was built in 1873. It is currently the private residence of Kari and Joe Augustine-Marceil family. They purchased the hotel in the fall of 1978 and are presently in the process of restoring the 107-year-old structure.

Before they put in a new a sun porch at the back of their property, they are offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to excavate the area.

Back in the day, people had a burn area, or burn barrels to dispose of household objects. The historical society hopes to uncover artifacts that can tell the history of the hotel and Marshall.

Volunteers are needed to help excavate, and this would be a perfect opportunity for those looking to fulfill community service hours, or for a scout troop to earn a merit badge.

Volunteers should be at least 11 years old, have parent permission, be prepared to handle potentially dangerous items like broken bottles or rusty nails. All volunteers (or parents) will be required to sign a waiver of liability.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes (not sandals), gloves, and eye protection. If possible, volunteers should bring a trowel and something to sit or kneel on (like a piece of carpeting). Water will be provided by the historical society. All artifacts found will belong to the Augustine-Marceil family, but may be displayed at the historical society.

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