- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Transportation is honoring archaeological discoveries associated with a road construction project in Ottawa County with a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

Excavation crews discovered artifacts dating back at least 500 years while digging at three historically significant sites in 2011 and 2012, before M-231 road construction began. The items included pottery shards, arrowheads, chipped stone tools, animal bones and seeds.

Two of the most notable discoveries indicated the sites were used for harvesting wild rice and fishing for lake sturgeon.

The department worked with six Native American tribes, the Federal Highway Administration and the State Historic Preservation Office to develop a Tribal Involvement Plan for the project.

The award will be presented at a May 6 ceremony at the state Capitol.

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