"Whoever did this, did it with a vengeance - a meanness," he said of the damage to the site known as the Conrail Research Site. "This was not simply knocking things over. If there was a piece of wood, they snapped it in half. We made benches for people to sit on and they tore them apart. They tore down the tarp and cut holes through it again and again."
Since the early 1990s, the Duryea dig removed and cataloged hundreds of artifacts: knifes, points, cutting tools and pottery. The dig was done professionally. The site was gridded and protected from the elements by a 30-by-24 foot tarp weather port. Through they years, the site hosted hundreds of children teaching them about archeology, history and anthropology.
Recently, a point retrieved at the site was carbon dated to about 8,000 B.C. The earliest people are believed to have come to the region just 2,000 years prior to that, Pesotine said. At some point they settled at the location which offered them a water source, a place to fish and hunt game - either ducks on the river or deer on the banks, he said.