Eight years after the first brick was discovered, in October 2006, the all-volunteer archaeological fieldwork was completed. Until then, the church foundation and artifacts had been hidden from view for almost 170 years. Fifty-four separate excavations revealed a substantial brick building shaped like a Greek cross. The findings were plotted on a grid to help track their spatial relationships within the site. To date, artifacts found at the site include handmade nails, ceramic dish fragments, 19th century coins and Indian arrowheads dating back 5000 years or more.
Belief that a cemetery existed in the land next-door was confirmed in December 2000, when the first grave was discovered. Since then, Pete Petrone came to Elk Run and conducted remote sensing to determine the cemetery boundaries, possible positions of burials within the cemetery, and areas that might have further archaeological significance.
The archeological site is being developed into a historic park to preserve and protect the site and educate future generations.
Artifacts on display from the Elk Run site preservation project. The unit indicates where each artifact was located.