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Chassahowitzka Springs cleanup yields treasures

The Archaic Period from 6000 – 3000 BC is represented by this Kirk-like projectile point found in the Chassahowitzka Spings. (Photo: Southwest Florida Water Management District)

The recent cleanup by the Southwest Florida Water Management District not only cleaned the Chassahowitzka Springs, it uncovered articles - from old booze and cola bottles, to china used by the Spanish, to anchors from the 1700's and 1

Spring cleanup yields cornucopia of history

Chassahowitzka spring

To the untrained eye, many of the hundreds of artifacts pulled in recent months from a Florida spring in the Chassahowitzka River look like stuff nobody wanted to buy at a yard sale: old bottles, an antler, broken pieces of a plate, a toy cap gun, a bowl, a fishhook, pins.

But to archaeologist Michael Arbuthnot, who oversaw a five-month project that pulled hundreds of such items from a 2 1/2-acre field of muck as deep as 25 feet below the surface of the spring, they are much more.

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