Oil spill threatens prehistoric sites
Published on May 14th, 2010 | by Admin1
Noel Stowe said there are about 1,000 sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, many of which have never been explored. Similar sites are in other Gulf Coast states, he said.
At a site in Gautier, Stowe readily found pottery chards and a rock with a sharpened edge.
“Biological resources can recover and archaeological resources cannot,” said Stowe.
“We are looking at shell middens that are right in the littoral drift along the coast and once oil gets in them they are destroyed,” he said. “They become toxic dumps and they can’t be carbon-14 dated.”