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BP oil spill cleanup reveals archaeological sites

Cleanup operations for the BP oil spill has revealed dozens of archaeological sites left behind by prehistoric Indian settlements.

So far, teams of archaeologists hired by the oil giant have visited more than 100 sites and sent back a growing list of finds to labs for radiocarbon dating and other tests, though extensive excavations haven’t been done. Scholars have also accompanied cleanup crews to make sure they don’t unwittingly throw away relics.

The disaster that began when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April of 2010 has highlighted the urgent need to protect the sites, but a government scientist says neither their discovery – nor the money to study them – would have come as quickly without the spill.

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Story: Cain Burdeau, AP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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