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Wed Aug 17, 2016, 03:16 AM

State reports rare archaeological find

Obsidian pieces found by a Willamette Valley landowner have been identified as a collection of Native American artifacts currently estimated to be 1,000-4,000 years old, according to a press release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The landowner has asked that his name not be shared.

The cache of 15 artifacts, called bifaces, is important for several reasons, said Assistant State Archaeologist John Pouley with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.

"For starters, we wouldn't know the site existed if the landowner hadn't reached out to our office to report the find," Pouley said. "Aside from the importance of his stewardship, the biface cache is additionally a rare type of archaeological site.

Read more: http://www.gazettetimes.com/lebanon/news/local/state-reports-rare-archaeological-find/article_cbf0bb81-83cf-5265-84b9-5566d049b5d8.html

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Wed Aug 17, 2016, 06:23 AM

1. The best thing about this story is

the compliment to the landowner on his stewardship. Too many people don't realize that finds of this type belong to everyone, not just greedy treasure hunters or wealthy and unscrupulous collectors.

This is a great story. Thanks for posting it.

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Wed Aug 17, 2016, 06:39 AM

2. You're welcome.

I agree that the landowners that shared this discovery are a rarity these days.

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