Construction Site Turns Archaeological
Modern construction work, if not managed well, can destroy valuable cultural resources. But here is a hot-off-the-press example of how properly planned and executed construction work can not only avoid that destruction, but make a valuable contribution to the preservation of cultural resources and the advancement of archaeological inquiry. From the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
A significant Indian archaeological site has been uncovered on the banks of the Duwamish River exactly where Sound Transit plans to build columns to carry its elevated light rail line across the river.
Archaeologists hired to survey likely spots in advance of construction have discovered more than 900 artifacts in just several small digs so far, including fire-cracked rocks, stone tools, animal bones, shells and evidence of a structure with a hearth.
The site is believed to be more than several hundred years old, going back to a time before white people arrived in the Northwest.