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Miller, Robert

2016  “Ancient Times Revealed Along Riverbank.” Newstimes. June 5, 2016

There is a bend in the Pomperaug River in Southbury where the moving water is eating away at the riverbank.

Because the Pomperaug flows into the Housatonic River, there was $180,000 in grant money available to stabilize that bank. The money came from the $7.5 million General Electric Co. apportioned out to the state in 2000 to compensate for polluting the Housatonic with PCBs.

The work in Southbury began last year. But it is on hold — thankfully so. For that bend in the river may be the site of one of the earliest Native American campsites in the state, dating back 8,000 to 10,000 years. Archaeologists know of only six other places in the state that old.


 

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