A grassy area along a busy roadway in Prince George's County is now the site of an archaeological dig.
Specialists from the Maryland State Highway Administration are working along Annapolis Road (Rt. 450) in Bladensburg near the public library.
Officials said several prehistoric and 19th century artifacts recently were found there. By law, they can't begin work on a new street-widening and improvement project until the items are safely removed and evaluated.
Some of the artifacts found so far include arrowheads as well as buttons and pencils believed to be from the first school house in Bladensburg.
“The reason this (dig) is important is because cultural resources, archaeological sites, are not a renewable resource. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. As state highway archaeologists, our job is to determine whether or not our highway project will impact those sites,” said Dr. Julie Schablitsky, Maryland State Highway Administration spokesperson.
The excavation will last about two weeks.