October 28, 2014

Not my project

Filed under: Conservation/CRM — acagle @ 7:11 pm

Archaeologists discover shell material, halt Bertha pit excavation

Excavation was halted Thursday when archaeologists monitoring the digging of an access pit came across shell material.
The access pit will be used to repair ‘Bertha,’ the machine digging a tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
The shell material found “requires further evaluation and may indicate the presence of cultural materials,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Video at the link with more info. It’s actually pretty standard although in most cases you should be able to tell whether it’s cultural or not on site. But, seeing as this is such a high profile project, they’re going to fiddle around for several days until they’re sure. Or can convince enough people that it’s nothing.

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