HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Gary Walton, director of the Putnam County Development Authority, knew when he sold the area of land next to the river at the Putnam Business Park there would be some Native American artifacts on it.
But he didn't realize the spot Ludowici LLC purchased last year contained thousands of some of the oldest relics in the area.
What slowed construction by about three months for Ludowici ended up being a pretty historically significant find for Cultural Resource Analysts of Hurricane.
"This [site] was different because we don't have many sites from that time period in this area," said Stevan Pullins, director of operations at CRA.
Artifacts pulled from the land in the Fraziers Bottom park are from the late woodland period, around 1000 A.D., according to Pullins.
Shallow fire pits, used to cook food, tools, arrowheads, and pottery, among other artifacts were found.
Studies done in the late 1990s by the development authority showed that information would need to be collected before any construction began on the site.
"In order to proceed with construction [the development authority] was required to do what we call mitigate the impacts of construction," Pullins said. "They chose data recovery and that's when we were brought in."
Around 15 to 20 archaeologists worked on the site last year from August through October.
"What was cool is that everybody worked together -- the historic preservation [with the state Division of Culture and History] and the construction company -- so we didn't slow up construction too much," he said.