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Historians Disagree Over New Ballpark Site

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – The St. Louis Cardinals new stadium is the site of a disagreement over the city's archaeological history.

Some contend the stadium is being built on top of centuries of St. Louis history, including the former site of pens that once held slaves.

Other historians argue construction in the 1960s on the current Cardinals ball park makes it a poor site for study.

The Cardinals say if workers find something significant, it will be preserved.

The owners' representative on the project, John Loyd, says the Cardinals are working with St. Louis Historical Archaeology to preserve items. He says they've come across NO signs of former slave pens.

He said other items found might be displayed one day in a museum in Ballpark Village.

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