[Mb-civic] A washingtonpost.com article from: michael@intrafi.com

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Tue Sep 21 10:19:50 PDT 2004

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 The Indian Presence
    FOR THE THOUSANDS of American Indians who will march in procession to the beautiful new museum on the  Mall today, this is in part a homecoming. Centuries before there was a capital or a nation, a Congress or a Constitution, human society thrived here. There is evidence of numerous quarries for tools and hunting implements in the area where Piney Branch Road now meets 16th Street in Northwest, and of more of them near the site where the Tenleytown Metro station was dug; of villages densely clustered along the path of the Southeast Freeway as well as on the banks of the Potomac River where the C&O Canal towpath and the Capital Crescent Trail now run. Indeed, "the evidence from the surrounding region strongly suggests that this area has been occupied by human groups ever since the end of the Pleistocene era, 10,000 to 20,000 years ago," wrote Robert L. Humphrey and Mary Elizabeth Chambers in  the George Washington University monograph  "Ancient Washington." One archeological dig has been done practically in the center of the Mall.
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