Archaeologists from the Public Archaeology Facility at SUNY Binghamton will begin a visual shoreline survey Monday along the Raquette Flow near the Piercefield Hydro dam as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license requirements for the dam.
The archaeologists will walk the entire shoreline looking for artifacts that may be exposed. Additionally, they will be conducting a subsurface survey, which consists of test pits dug at 50-foot intervals parallel to the shoreline. These test pits will extend to a depth of no greater than six inches. To accomplish this license-required work, the archaeologists may be crossing and working on shoreline lands of property owners along the impoundment.
The survey will take place weekdays and be completed within four weeks.
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