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Archaeologists have been huddled along Highway 101 north of Novato for the past month sifting the dirt for clues about how humans survived hundreds of years ago.

Arrowheads, parts of grinding bowls, stone tools and shells are some of what was uncovered at the Coast Miwok site established along the bay waters, which provided fertile ground to sustain an austere existence.

"It’s a major site," said Nick Tipon, a member of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Sacred Sites Committee, who monitored the dig that ended Thursday. "For us it is interesting to learn more about our past and our ancestors."

The work is being done because Caltrans will soon pave a frontage road over the site as part of the Novato Narrows widening project. Read more.