Group digs up local history
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A group of archaeologists is digging up some local history in Binghamton. For the past two months the group has been performing what is called a ‘data recovery operation’ next to the Vestal Parkway.
The Department of Transportation has plans to develop the area with a pedestrian and bicycle path. They contracted with the public archeology facility at Binghamton University to fulfill this aspect of the environmental review process.
The team says that they've discovered hundreds - if not thousands - of artifacts, including pieces of cooking vessels, tools, and projectile points. Some of the found materials are believed to have come from as far away as states on the mid-Atlantic coast. The team hopes their work will help preserve the history of the area.
"We're trying to get as much information as possible before this area is developed so that we can try to tell the story of what happened in pre-history in this area," said archaeologist Sam Kudrle.
The team was supposed to start digging during the first week of September, but was delayed when the site was affected by the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.