10,000-year-old artifacts unearthed in Lake George

Posted at: 10/31/2013 1:57 PM
Updated at: 10/31/2013 5:50 PM
By: Jessica Riley

Artifacts unearthed at Million Dollar Beach.
Artifacts unearthed at Million Dollar Beach.
Photo: Mark Mulholland / WNYT

LAKE GEORGE - Archeologists have made a major discovery in a picnic area near Lake George.

Artifacts that people used 10,000 years ago.

It's right near the popular Million Dollar Beach.

This new find dates back to 8000 B.C.

The state archeologists dig and sift through layers of earth. What they've uncovered in the Lake George Beach picnic area recently can only be described as amazing.

Thousands of artifacts, arrowheads and the like, dating back to roughly 8000 B.C.

Scientists believe the tools were used by Native American hunters and gatherers.

"They're probably living here for a season, they're roaming around the lake looking and migrating after large mega fawna, caribou,” said Christina Rieth, State Archeologist.

This discovery, like all great finds, involved a little bit of luck. The archeologists were brought in to do a routine inspection as part of the state plan's to re-surface roads and parking lots near the popular beach. Their discovery of mass quantities of chert, the perfect rock for arrowheads because of its ability to be shaped into tools and weapons, was anything but routine.

"This is a time period in New York for which we know very little about. And the fact that this is being done as part of a systematic investigation that we're taking our time and trying to learn everything we can about these very early occupants of Lake George,” says Reith.

The excavation will continue into December. The artifacts are all the property of the state museum whose director says at some point in the future, visitors will get a rare glimpse into the past.

"Hopefully this winter we'll put a case and give people an update so they can see these important artifacts,” said Mark Schaming, Director of the NYS Museum.