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Hidden Fortress Found Under Alcatraz

JT For Political Reform 2014/02/27 10:44:54



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A
surprising find under what used to be America's most notorious prison:
Researchers using ground-penetrating radar have discovered the remains
of an old military fort once thought completely destroyed, reports the BBC.
The island in the middle of San Francisco Bay was once the home of Fort
Alcatraz, an important line of defense in the Civil War. The fort never
fired a shot during the war, though it did house Confederate
sympathizers jailed for denouncing the federal government. The radar has
revealed old fortifications along with buried military buildings dating
from long before the main prison building was built in 1915.



Much
of the remaining fortress is inaccessible under prison buildings, but
archeologists hope to start excavations soon on an important defensive
structure under the prison's parade ground. "It's our hope that in the
future we can open up the trail and have an archaeological site that
people can visit," says Texas A&M; professor of geology and
geophysics Mark Everett. He told the Houston Chronicle
last month that the National Park Service had asked his team to search
for Civil War-era structures at the site, using equipment that scans
under the earth in a way "similar to the way people look for oil
deposits."

Read More: http://www.newser.com/story/182989/hidden-fortress...

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