News from the Northwest I Dig unearths pieces of history
Ancient impressions of wooden planks, recently located near U.S. 101 west of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, could give archaeologists insight into the types of structures built along the Columbia River during the 1790s through the 1820s, an archaeologist on the project said Wednesday.
Known as the fur-trading period, it begins with Robert Gray's discovery of the Columbia in 1792 and ends with the establishment of Fort Vancouver in 1825, said Doug Wilson, National Parks Service archaeologist with the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
"This is an important period of transition in Northwest history," he said. Historians know a great deal about what happened after 1825, but few artifacts remain from the fur-trading period, he said.
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Lewes artifacts may be from 2 sites
State archaeologists who studied artifacts found late last year on a Lewes beach now think a federal dredging crew may have struck two underwater historical sites on the bottom of Delaware Bay.
In the weeks following a $3.9 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project at Roosevelt Inlet, beachcombers found pieces of glass and pottery on the renourished beach.
The artifacts include green glass, a wide array of pottery and metal toys such as ship models and solders thought to date from 1720 to 1740.