Walton joked he was glad nothing was discovered that would have delayed construction even more.
"This is an area right on the river and we knew it had been a camp site. You just hope to God you don't find a burial site," he said. "But they did find a lot of stuff."
Ludowici LLC has locations in Chapmanville and Wytheville, Va., among others, and specializes in mining, quarry, infrastructure, and industrial and water equipment, according to the company's website.
The location in Fraziers Bottom is expected to provide at least 70 jobs when it opens in July.
Cultural Resource Analysts, is based in Lexington, Ky., and has offices in, among others, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Colorado. The Hurricane location, which has been in operation since 1995, employs 12 archaeologists.
Pullins said the company gets a lot of work from Marcellus shale and pipelines projects.
Many of what the archaeologists collect is eventually sent to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, but the artifacts collected in Fraziers Bottom will be returned to the site.
"We've asked to have the artifacts turned back over to us when they're finished to present them to Ludowici to store them and display them in their office building on the site," Walton said.
"They'll go right back home."
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