It is clear from most sources that the Indians, at the
time of early settler contact, had their villages on
both sides of the Upper Delaware River. We are
lucky to have a great deal of archaeological
evidence from local Indian sites due to the hurried
excavations during 1967 and 1968. The reason for
the hurried excavations was that a plan was afoot to
inundate the entire area in the creation of a huge
dam project. Many of the dig sites and discoveries
during this period can be attributed to the efforts of
environmentalists, archaeologists, scientists, and just
plain folks. Had the dam actually been constructed,
the entire natural history museum, and a large part
of the Native American heritage of Eastern
Pennsylvania, would have been lost forever.
This excerpt from a local history of Eastern
Pennsylvania is about
the abandonment of a dam project.
the disintegration of the Native American population.
the building of dams and other water projects.
the preservation of a historic site.
The word "inundate" in the second paragraph
most nearly means the same as
The chief point of the writer of the passage above is
building a dam would provide jobs.
deciding against building a dam preserved an
important historical site.
building a dam would preserve Indian culture.
Indians were able to stop a dam project.
According to the passage, the reason for the
hurried archaeological excavations in 1967 and 1968
archaeologists needed to dig quickly because after the
area was flooded by the dam's
waters, historical research
would be impossible.
1967 and 1968 were the best years for archaeology.
the government ordered the sites to be excavated
during those years.
a team of archaeologists petitioned the government to
dig during those years.