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Explorer David Thompson’s lost trading post found

Archaeologists in Manitoba, Canada, have found explorer David Thompson’s first trading post.

Two little piles of stones surrounded by scrub pine in northern Manitoba may have given archeologists and historians a physical link to one of North America’s greatest explorers and map-makers.

Archeologist Perry Blomquist believes the rocks at Sipiwesk Lake on the Nelson River are remnants of chimneys from the post and storehouse that was David Thompson’s first venture as an independent fur trader.

Around them, Blomquist found more than 1,000 artifacts that he says prove it is the trading post that has been “lost” since it was first discovered by Joseph Tyrrell more than 100 years ago.

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Story: The Canadian Press | Photo: The Canadian Press

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