- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - An archaeological excavation permit issued by the state shows that historical artifacts may have been unearthed at the Whole Foods Market construction site in Eugene.

The Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/U2Gupw ) that construction work at the market has slowed since it first began in July. The interruption may be due to archaeological work at the site.

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office issued an excavation permit Sept. 28, which authorizes surveying and other work for removal of historic materials. The permit issued to Arizona-based SWCA Environmental Consultants says the firm plans to “conduct archaeological investigations” and recover necessary data for a National Register of Historic Places eligibility recommendation.

Whole Foods had announced plans to open the store in March. It’s unclear if the archaeological work could affect construction.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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