September 16, 2015

Cool, but. . . . .

Filed under: Conservation/CRM — acagle @ 7:09 pm

10,000-year-old stone tools unearthed in Redmond dig

The project started off as nothing special — just a standard archaeological survey to clear the way for construction.

But it quickly became clear that the site near Redmond Town Center mall was anything but ordinary.

By the time excavations were done, crews had unearthed more than 4,000 stone flakes, scrapers, awls and spear points crafted at least 10,000 years ago by some of the region’s earliest inhabitants.

“We were pretty amazed,” said archaeologist Robert Kopperl, who led the field investigation. “This is the oldest archaeological site in the Puget Sound lowland with stone tools.”

I did some work over there on occasion, but after this work was done. There’s lots of gossip about that site but I shan’t repeat it here. Suffice it to say we were called in later.

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