3,000 years old artifact discovery delays Oakville levee repair

Oakville, Iowa (AP) 12-08

The discovery of artifacts estimated to be up to 3,000 years old will delay repairs to the levee that was damaged in the summer flooding near Oakville.

The artifacts were found during November during a federally required survey along the levee.

Among the items found were arrowheads, hearths, evidence of houses, knives, animal and fish bone and shells.

Jim Ross, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers archaeologist, says an ancient trash heap about two-feet thick also was found.

He says the items will be studied to learn more settlers at the site.

It wasn’t immediately known how long it would take for the study to be complete, allowing levee repairs continue.

Floodwaters broke through the levee last June, inundating Oakville and destroying virtually every building in town.