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Corps archaeologists study Missouri River's past

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PIERRE -- Sometimes during high water the Missouri River will carve away one of its banks like an old man turning out his pockets to bring things to light -- scrapers and knives made of Knife River flint, hoes and squash knives made of bison bone, 19th century toy horses made of pewter or cast iron.

And U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff archaeologists are there afterward to pick up the pieces, or at least to assess what's been uncovered.

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