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Not too long ago, a fellow paddler came upon an amazing discovery while exploring the Cape Fear River. He launched his kayak soon after a pretty major storm had swepth over the area. Paddling over to Campbell Island, he discovered a fully intact Native American canoe. Evidently it had been buried underneath layers of sand and then was unearthed after the storm. The boat is now on display the Natural History Museum in Raleigh. This example is a good reminder that history is not so far removed from us as we usually assume. Native Americans traveled the coastal and in land water ways long before Europeon exploration took place in the region. Pottery shards, arrow heads, and other artifacts are still washing up along the Cape Fear. Ironically, with the pace of development picking up steam along with the economy, more sites of archaelogical importance are being discovered. This past summer, with a large scale residential development ramping up on River Road, a Native American settlement was unearthed. With construction halted, a careful excavation of the site took place. The river, with it's tides and constant movement is always in a state of flux. It reminds me that history is never static but is fluid and dynamic. Even as we approach the year 2016, its refreshing to think we are still discovering new things about the past. Who knows what we might discover as we move into the new year. 


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