Marcellus Shale Drilling can Harm Archaeological Sites with no Repercussions


PITTSBURGH — An excavation at a Westmoreland County site once occupied by Monongahela Indians produced abundant evidence of two villages and allowed researchers to piece together the violent end of the later settlement at the hand of invaders who sacked it, massacred its inhabitants and burned houses and food stores, said William C. Johnson, who served as an adviser to the project.

But when Johnson returned to the dig site last year, he was stunned by what he found.

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