November 3, 2014
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Shells in Bertha pit are from settlers, not tribes

In a bit of good news for the beleaguered Bertha tunneling project, archaeologists announced last week that a dense mass of oyster shells found in the repair vault appear to be from American settlers. That means the archeological investigation will take "days, rather than weeks or months," The Seattle Times reports.

The shells, found about 18 feet deep, held up excavation of a pit being dug to access and ultimately remove much of the deep-bore tunnel machine. After being brought to the surface for repairs, the machine will be lowered back into the soil and sent onward to -- if all goes according to plan -- complete a new Highway 99 tunnel underneath Seattle.



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