Thursday, September 21, 2006

Preston artifacts help archaeologists see into past
What might look to a layman like a bunch of small- and medium-sized rocks, looks to archaeologists like historical blueprints of the former Norwich Hospital property.

State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni Tuesday displayed some of the 8,800 artifacts uncovered from a site on the hospital property where developer Joseph Gentile wants to build a $1.6 billion development, consisting of theme parks, a performing arts college, hotels and a movie studio.

"We're about the only ones who get excited about this stuff," Bellantoni said, as he held a handful of rock flakes. "These chips are very helpful for us in understanding the technological process of working stone."

Not much text but there are several artifact pictures.