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Minnesota’s Star Tribune has an interesting article about Scott Anfinson, an archaeologist who is responsible for authenticating Native American burial grounds in the state.

State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson said that while lawsuits are not common, clashes between development and burial sites consume virtually all of his time. It’s his job to authenticate unplatted burial grounds more than 50 years old, then set buffer zones around them. He juggles 20 live cases at a time, many of them around Red Wing and Lake Minnetonka.

“A big part of my job is disappointing people,” Anfinson said. “If you have graves on your property, you are done.”

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