LAKEVILLE – Off route 20A in Lakeville workers are sifting through the sand looking for historic artifacts.

“Conesus Lake and Livonia have a long history of both native and European settlement,” said Ann Morton of Morton Archaeological Research Services.

Morton and her team and working with her client as part of the permit process for what she said could be the home of a new Kwik Fill business.

“Along with things like wetland and endangered species, we also have to consider historic properties or archaeological sites and we are just investigating to see what if anything is here,” said Morton.

So far she says they have found very little. From the hand to holes in the ground called features her team is examining all that they can to satisfy the requirements of New York State.

“We do have some of what we call features, which are those holes that you can see and what we are doing is very carefully and slowly investigating them to try and work out what they are,” said Morton.

One of the more unique finds she says was something that resembled a tripod.

“We do have one thing that looks like what might be a tripod in a campfire. It looks like it has three post holes and a possible fire,” said Morton.

Even by looking at it she said there is no way to really tell what the find might be, until they take it back to the lab for a complete viewing.

“It is a way to be sure that we are seeing what people actually did and not just something that looks like that because it was scrapped by the backhoe or someone put a water line in,” said Morton.

Along with the historic preservation office and the requirements of the state Morton and her team will be investigating what is in the dirt, hoping to come up with some unique finds.

“I have been doing this for about 30 years and at this point it has to be pretty phenomenal to be amazing, but it is all fun and interesting,” Morton said. “It is a learning experience. You have to be real careful when doing this kind of work because some of the things that looks like something could end up just being tree holes.”

At her lab Morton says she will have a better idea of what the findings are. Even if some of the artifacts are historic in nature, she said the project can still move forward.

“Until we go back to the lab and we analyze everything, we won’t be ready to say for certain that these things are what we think they are today because it might change,” she said. “It could be a historic site but that does not necessarily mean that the project will not go forward. What we are doing now may be enough to gather information and satisfy all of the state and federal regulations.”

The County News did reach out to Livingston County Economic Development, who said they were not aware of the project and also tried the Livonia Town Offices and have not heard back for comment on this story. The County News also did try and reach the Kwick Fill corporate office but have not heard back for comment.

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