City checking for cultural artifacts

Archaeology students from Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver are exploring around NeCus’ Park before construction begins on a renovation of the former Cannon Beach Elementary School.

In early July, the city brought in about a dozen students from the long-running Public Archaeology Field School typically held at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Their work will help ensure that significant cultural deposits will not be disrupted by construction, Katie Wynia, the site’s field director, said.

“This could be done by a professional company that does archaeology, but it’s been a great partnership with the park and the city to provide this educational opportunity for the students,” she said.

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