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UB to Hold Archeological Dig at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora
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UB to Hold Archeological Dig at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora

Local residents know Sinking Ponds in East Aurora as a nature preserve. Some may remember it as the former source of village water. To researchers from the University at Buffalo (UB), Sinking Ponds is an important archeological site.

The university’s Department of Anthropology is planning a dig at Sinking Ponds this summer, and hopes to discover new evidence of the people who lived there thousands of years ago. Dr. Douglas Perrelli, who will oversee the dig, told the Village Board on March 28 that Sinking Ponds is a prehistoric site, with materials from the Transitional and Early Woodland Phase. “Around 800 BC is the primary occupation here,” Perrelli explained. There is also evidence of earlier human activity at the site.

“It’s a diverse resource community. Native Americans camped there because of the richness of this … environment; you’ve got swamps and uplands and a lot of natural resources to use,” Perrelli noted.

The upcoming dig isn’t the first time that researchers have worked at Sinking Ponds...

Read the full article from the East Aurora Advertiser.

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