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Video: Prehistoric artifacts found on construction site in Oakland


NEW AT 5:00, A DELICATE PROSE IS UNDER WAY IN OAKLAND. PREHISTORIC ARTIFACTS ARE FOUND. IT WILL GO UP ON WHAT IS CONSIDERED PRISTINE LAND NEAR LAKE APOPKA. THERE IS PROOF THAT NATIVE AMERICANS CONGRESS CONSIDERED THAT AREA HOME THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO? Reporter: THAT IS WHY INITIALLY CONSERVATION GROUPS WERE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE LAND GETS WORK DONE. NOW, THE TOWN AND THE DEVELOPER IS MAKING SURE HISTORY HERE IS PRESERVED. IT IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN STILL FIND AN OLD TIRE HANGING FROM A TREE. AND THAT IS HOW GRAM LOVES IT. JUST A NICE QUIET PLACE TO LIVE. BUT HIS VIEW HERE IS CHANGING BY THE DAY. IT SURE HAS. IT IS COMING IN. COMING IN FAST. SITE DEVELOPMENT IS UNDERWAY TO MAKE WAY FOR MORE THAN 100 HOMES. AS THE WORK PROGRESSES THERE IS A DEEPER FOCUS. Host: THEY HAVE DONE QUITE A BIT OF DIGGING OUT HERE. DIGGING FOR ARTIFACTS. CREWS DISCOVERED A SPEARPOINT, POTTERY AND STONES BELIEVED TO BE USED FOR TOOLS. THIS AREA WAS THE HOME FOR NATIVE AMERICANS GOING BACK AS FAR AS 10,000 YEARS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HEARD IS THAT THERE WAS A NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE THERE. JIM PETERSON WITH THE NATURE PRESERVE WAS HOPING THEY CAN SAVE THIS ENTIRE AREA FROM DEVELOPMENT BUT, INSTEAD, THERE IS NOW A PLAN IN PLACE TO PRESERVE ANYTHING DISCOVERED BENEATH THE SURFACE. TELL THE STORY OF THE OCCUPATION OF THAT SITE AND KIND OF THE HISTORY. Reporter: THE TOWN OF OAKLAND IS SPENDING $10,000 TO KEEP AN ARCHAEOLOGIST ON SITE. FINDING PITS IN CLUSTERS. MORE PROOF OF THE LIFE THAT ROAMED NEAR THE LAKE. THE VIEW IS EVOLVING. IT IS NOT MY QUIET PLACE ANYMORE BUT IT IS — THINGS HAVE TO CHANGE. THINGS HAVE TO PROGRESS. Reporter: BACK HERE LIVE. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS INDICATION IN THE PAST THAT A BARRIO MOUND WAS FOUND OUT HERE THERE IS NO FIND OF THAT DURING RECENT SURVEYS, IF IT IS FOUND CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL HAVE TO BE HALTED.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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