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Ancient weapons unearthed in Lake George now on exhibit in NYS Museum — and may be displayed locally

A number of the ancient native American artifacts unearthed in October near Million Dollar Beach are now on display in the lobby of the New York State Museum, and plans call for a selection of them be on display in the Lake George Visitors Center by this summer. The discovery of these arrowheads, spear points and stone scrapers — a total of about 100 items — is thought to be a significant archeological discovery.

A number of the ancient native American artifacts unearthed in October near Million Dollar Beach are now on display in the lobby of the New York State Museum, and plans call for a selection of them be on display in the Lake George Visitors Center by this summer. The discovery of these arrowheads, spear points and stone scrapers — a total of about 100 items — is thought to be a significant archeological discovery.

— Historical exhibits of the ancient Native American weapons unearthed earlier this year near Million Dollar beach parking lot are likely to be featured in Lake George as well as in the New York State Museum in Albany, village Mayor Robert Blais told his municipal trustees Dec. 16.

Blais said staff members of the State Museum visited Lake George on Dec. 12 to review the suitability of the village Visitors Center as a potential site for a display of these ancient arrowheads, stone knives and a large spear head.

A preliminary viewing case for displaying the relics has already been installed in the main lobby of the museum in downtown Albany, state Museum spokeswoman Antonia Valentine said Dec. 17.

Emails to Blais from past state Museum Director James Blau cite “enormous public interest” in the artifacts, and mention establishing a display of the relics in the Lake George Visitors Center as well as one adjacent to a picnic area near where the artifacts were unearthed.

In October, archeologists discovered the weapons as they were conducting a routine survey prior to launching a $3 million project to reconstruct the Million Dollar Beach parking lot and access roadway. They uncovered arrowheads, stone knives and a spear head about eight inches long — items that are believed to date as far back as 8,000 years.

Extensive sewer plant upgrades pending

In other business, the board also heard from village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington that initial work on the $2.2 million project to upgrade the village sewer plant were ready to go forward.

The project entails excavating and replacing sand in the effluent filtration beds, construction of a new sewage disposal station for septic waste haulers, apparatus to separate grit and solids from liquid effluent, and equipment to pump the solids into the main flow of sewage through the treatment plant. The upgrades are expected to make the treatment plant more efficient as well as reduce the residual nitrate levels in the plant outflow — which have concerned state environmental officials for years.

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