COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – The Garden of the Gods is one of the most popular parks along Colorado’s Front Range because of its magnificent views and geology. But a lot of interest has emerged recently in what’s under the park.

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An archeological dig is underway as crews look for artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The artifacts are directly linked to William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs.

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The specialists involved in the dig have found what’s essentially the family’s trash heap, but also plenty of house items like ceramic plates and fabric.

“It’s a great feeling. It gets your heart beating a little bit faster because you never know what you’re going to pull up. That’s what I tell everyone — always look down. You don’t know what’s under your feet,” archeologist Shannon Landry said.

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A special series of public tours will take place at the dig site in the next week. They will happen between Nov. 17-20 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. They are weather dependent, and they will begin at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center on the second floor balcony before departing for the site.

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