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Discovery of artifacts may slow dust mitigation work

June 3, 2013

The shifting sands of the Owens Lakebed have revealed a previously undiscovered archaeological find that some residents believe may be the site of a massacre of Owens Valley Paiutes in 1863. Photo courtesy Great Basin Air Pollution Control District

A long-lost piece of local history may have been located on Owens Lake as Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews prepare for a new dust mitigation project.
The LADWP will be meeting today to discuss the Environmental Impact Report for the Phase 7a project and the discovery of what may be the site of a massacre of Owens Valley Paiutes located within the mitigation area. The mitigation project has a federally-imposed deadline of December 2013.
Last year, as archeologists surveyed an area of the lake slated for the Phase 7a dust control mitigation project, they discovered Native American artifacts, musket balls and bullets that may be associated with a massacre of Owens Valley Paiutes in 1863.
(Read more in the Tuesday, June 4, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)

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