Logging halted after damage to archaeological site

May 2, 2013

(AP)—A California logging project has been stopped after Pacific Gas and Electric workers apparently damaged American Indian archaeological sites in Humbug Valley.

The Sacramento Bee reports that logging equipment had broken a Maidu Indian grinding stone and compromised a prehistoric village site.

Officials from PG&E and the state forestry service met at the Plumas County site last week with Maidu Summit representatives.

PG&E archaeologist James Nelson announced plans to suspend all activity until officials can assess the damage and develop a new protection plan for the 368 logged acres.

A protection perimeter of about 3 acres was established after an inspection turned up obsidian chips and other Native American artifacts.

The timber harvest started last fall in the valley about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

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