Scientists Race Tides to Document Historic Sites
Byline: Alicia Chang AP science writer
SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, Calif. u Perched on the edge of this wind-swept Southern California island, archaeologist Jon Erlandson watches helplessly as 6,600 years of human culture u and a good chunk of his career u is swallowed by the Pacific surf.
It was not long ago that this tip of land on the northwest coast cradling an ancient Chumash Indian village stretched out to sea. But years of storm surge and roiling waves have taken a toll. The tipping point came last year when a huge piece broke off, drowning remnants of discarded abalone, mussel and other shellfish that held clues to an ancient human diet.
"ThereAEs an enormous amount of history thatAEs washing into the sea every year," Erlandson said …
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Publication information: Article title: Scientists Race Tides to Document Historic Sites. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: April 5, 2009. Page number: 15. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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