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Future of Indian village site to be determined

December 20, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–On Dec. 13 the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) subcommittee met in a final hearing about the future of a privately owned piece of land whose construction was halted after a preserved 12th century native village was discovered on the property.

As development continued, evidence and artifacts of early native life were uncovered. Pottery, a burial ground, and an unplowed and preserved Indian village have subsequently been documented but researchers say more needs to be done.

Dr. Pierre Morenon, a professor at Rhode Island College Department of Anthropology since 1978, was hired for early phases of investigating the site which is located behind Narragansett's Stop and Shop. Morenon agreed with a letter drafted by state archaeologist Paul Robinson which said there was an "irretrievable body of knowledge" and later calling the site a place of "national significance."

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