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N.D. flint site receives national landmark status after six years

Published 08/07/2011, The Bismarck Tribune

DUNN CENTER, N.D. — Six years are nothing compared to 11,000, but they still seemed like an endless wait. When Allan and Gail Lynch, of rural Dunn Center, got news that the pockmarked pasture on their land had been named a National Historic Landmark, her eyes filled with tears of relief. “It’s finally done,” she said. The Lynches’ land holds the mother lode of Knife River flint, quarried for more than 11,000 years by Plains Indians who used it for tools and weapons. Flint was the gold standard of the day, and the Lynchs’ land — and to a lesser degree five landowners around them — was so richly abundant that archaeologists estimate 1 million cubic feet of it was mined from some 2,500 pits.

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