FORT EDWARD, N.Y. — Local authorities have banned people with metal detectors from an island in the upper Hudson River where an archaeology project is uncovering Colonial American history.

Excavations are being conducted for the first time in 20 years on Rogers Island in Fort Edward, former site of a frontier military post that was Britain’s largest North American fortification and the base of operation for Rogers Rangers during the French and Indian War.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports ( ) that after a summer field school led by archaeologist David Starbuck got underway earlier this month, village officials received reports that a man was spotted using a metal detector while searching for artifacts on the island.

Relic hunting isn’t allowed on the publicly owned property. Local officials have posted signs prohibiting the use of metal detectors on the island.

Information from: The Post-Star,

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