Monday, August 13, 2007

And now back to our regularly scheduled archaeological programming
Replacement of Vt. bridge yields clues to the past
The replacement of a concrete bridge on a winding road through farm land has yielded a fascinating find. Archaeologists are unearthing spear points and remnants of fire pits that show that Indian populations used the river plains for at least the last 6,000 years.

"This is a multi-component Native American site. It means people came back here over thousands of years," said Michael Brigham, an archaeologist with the University of Maine at Farmington, which won the contract to excavate the site.

The discovery is delaying the project, but could help preserve the past.