Share this on FacebookDecember 19th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance
Here’s a fun story from Connecticut courtesy of the NY Post:
Connecticut Department of Transportation crews were excavating the site of a new bridge in January 2019 when they came upon evidence of southern New England’s oldest humans, dating back 12,500 years, the Hartford Courant reports.
Archaeologists had long suspected there may be ancient remnants beneath the soil by Avon’s Old Farms Road, but didn’t have the money to excavate it themselves. In the process of building a bridge over the area’s Farmington River, state workers found them.
The $14.7 million project unearthed prized evidence of human activity roughly six feet beneath the surface, showing “traces” of evidence regarding human behavior, archaeologist David Leslie says, including holes, walls, a hearth and house posts from temporary dwellings.
And in addition to being ancient, the relics found are also vast. Leslie, who led the dig, says roughly 15,000 artifacts and 27 features—which are more highly valued— turned up at the site.
Maybe it’s time to dust off the old fedora and leather jacket to wear at your next recruiting event to sell the adventure of working in the construction trades.