The Archaeologists Have Returned!

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The CA State Parks archaeologists have returned to L.A. State Historic Park to continue exploring the site they exposed last june in hopes of getting a better understanding of the rich history of LASHP. Michael Sampson and his team have enlisted the help of a back hoe to uncover a foundation of bricks that may run as far as 70 ft north of where the first picture in this post was taken. The current spot where they are working is the old foundation of one of the car shops that were built when the Southern Pacific first arrived here in 1876.

Michael Sampson uncovering a possible light post foundation.

Michael Sampson uncovering a possible light post foundation.

When I spoke with Mike today, he told me that the grey square he is dusting off in the photograph above was possibly a foundation for a large light pole that may have been installed sometime in mid 20th century. He was not sure but hoped that as they uncovered more foundation, that he and his team may be able to gather more clues.

Brendon uncovers a corner of the foundation.

Brendon uncovers a corner of the foundation.

If you are interested in seeing a real live archeological dig in action, come down to Los Angeles State Historic Park and look for the back hoe. Remember, though, that these are professionals at work, who would be happy to talk about what they are doing, but please be respectful.

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