Duluth, MN (Northlands Newscenter) — It will be one year ago tomorrow that lightning ignited one of Minnesota’s largest wildfires.
The Pagami Creek Fire covered 93,000 acres in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildness. Now, scientists are finding a goldmine of clues to the region’s past unearthed by the fire.
"This is what folks used to make stone tools out of in what’s now known as the boundary waters."
Thanks to the Pagami Creek Fire, Archeologist Lee Johnson’s job is a lot easier.
"A landscape that is usually covered in vegetation is open," said Johnson.
Johnson, and his team are finding stone tools that could be nine-thousand years old from the Palo Indian Era. Read more.
MUKILTEO —The area proposed for a new ferry terminal in Mukilteo is laced with a shell midden containing Indian artifacts, but state and tribal officials say it won’t necessarily pose an obstacle to the project.
The midden contains items such as tools and spear points made from stone and animal teeth and bones, according to a draft environmental document for the ferry project.
It runs from Mukilteo Lighthouse Park eastward, underneath the waterfront business district, about one-third of the way across the former Air Force tank farm. The tank farm property is one of the possible locations for a new terminal.
Building on fill dirt, above the shell midden, is being discussed as a solution, state and tribal officials say.
The Snohomish Indian tribe maintained a year-round village on the shoreline at Mukilteo for centuries, said Daryl Williams, environmental liaison for the Tulalip Tribes. Tulalip is the home reservation for people of Snohomish ancestry. Read more.
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of prehistoric Indians and European explorers living in the Fort Lauderdale area hundreds of years ago.
Among the items found so far: pieces of clay pottery; remnants of lead that had been melted for musket balls and conch cells used for food and tools.
The archaeologists also uncovered indications of a small Tequesta Indian village near a parking lot being renovated near the Bahia Mar resort. Construction crews were planting trees and archaeologists working ahead of them found artifacts about a foot under the old pavement.
Bob Carr, an archaeologist leading the excavation, said that site and another near Sunrise Boulevard are the only two prehistoric sites that survived on the barrier island in Fort Lauderdale. (source)
The recent discovery of cultural artifacts on Port of Brookings Harbor land has temporarily slowed repair of the steel wall required for dredging the Chetco River.
However, Port Interim Executive Director Ted Fitzgerald said an alternative construction technique will allow the project to go forward without affecting what he called “a culturally sensitive area.”
It will cause a two-week delay in receiving bids for the work, he said, but the new timetable still allows dredging to take place this year.
The issue arose when an engineer drilled test holes about 5 feet deep by 5 feet wide for soil samples prior to reconstruction of the wall, which was damaged by this year’s tsunami. Those holes revealed the presence of “midden,” or shell piles, and other evidence of an Indian village, Fitzgerald said.
State and federal law prevents the disturbance of known archaeological sites. Read more.