Little-Known Office Unearths Archaeological Treasures At Bragg

There's more to Fort Bragg than soldiers preparing for battle.

Dirt piles cover chimneys that once blew smoke from the homes of Scottish settlers. The bones of Civil War soldiers from both sides lie in mass graves beneath wire grass fields. Pointed stones fashioned by Native Americans have been found from as far back as 12-thousand B-C.

There are about 42-hundred defined archaeological sites on Fort Bragg and 290 have been declared "worthy of more research" by a little-known office that protects and explores the sites.

The Fort Bragg Cultural Resources office employs six full-time archaeologists, historians and preservation specialists. And a tour through the office shows what they've found stone points from prehistoric times, and bullets and buckles from the Civil War.