DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The installation of new football turf at Triangle Park in Dayton could be delayed.
The city is looking into concerns about a potential Native American burial ground at the proposed site.
This past Wednesday and Friday, a private company and the State Historic Preservation Office scanned the field with ground-penetrating radar.
For now, Dayton is hitting the pause button while they investigate the grounds. This comes after Guy Jones came forward with Native American records that indicate Triangle Park may have native remains below ground.
“I needed to get the information. The surveys. I needed that. Once I had all of it, I came out with it,” said Jones, a resident of Dayton.
Jones says even then, not everyone would take his claims seriously.
“As a Native American, a lot of times people think we are all gone,” said Jones.
Imagine someone coming in and building over a modern day cemetery. Jones says people sometimes only see things in black and white, forgetting the first peoples.
Jones is now getting the attention he needs to shed light on an important topic.
The Ohio Historic Preservation Office saying quote:
“Our office doesn’t have any formal documentation about what exists underground at the Triangle Park site. In cases like this (where information is limited) we encourage the city to initiate an archaeological survey to give them and our office an understanding of how best to move forward.”
Jones can’t be sure this field has historical significance, but the surrounding park does. That’s why the city is double checking, because according to native records, the Dayton region was often a meeting point for several tribes.
“Dayton has always had a significant purpose. In a sense that it was a social economic center way back then,” said Jones.
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