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Washington D.C. digging up really old past
The Associated Press ("D.C. Sitting on Prehistory" by Carl Hartman)
is reporting today that excavation for the Ronald Reagan Building
"brought up not only relics of the Civil War red light district, but a couple
of petrified cypress logs that date back as far as 65 million years."
"The National Park Service plans to put the logs in the Rock Creek Park
Nature Center. 'They're going to have a little prehistory section - ferns
and things,' said geologist James O'Connor, who spends much of his
time explaining the past to groups he takes on tours around government
buildings. 'They'll call it a 'dinosaur park' for the kids.' "
They also found beer bottles and garter hooks.