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What’s the story behind the archaeological dig at RiverLights?

Julian March
StarNews
Archaeological excavations take place at the RiverLights development on the Cape Fear River. Photo courtesy of RiverLights

Archaeological excavations take place at the RiverLights development on the Cape Fear River. Photo courtesy of RiverLights

Q. In the River Road new construction area there is a dig site on the river side of the road. There’s warning tape around the site and people appear to be digging carefully. What’s up?

A. Excavations are underway at the RiverLights development on the Cape Fear River south of the Port of Wilmington.

The archaeological assessment was part of the original agreement when RiverLights bought the land, said Sarah Hattman, a spokeswoman for RiverLights.

Excavations are underway and will continue through the week of June 19, Hattman said. So far, the search has yielded pottery, arrowheads, military buttons, spear points and an 18th century penny, Hattman said.

Some items will be donated and several will remain onsite in the community’s welcome center, she said.  Terracon, the firm handling the assessment, will create a report that will be completed in 2016.

RiverLights consists of 1,400 acres and will have 2,700 home sites.

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