Shallow Okeechobee reveals pool of artifacts





The epic drought gripping Lake Okeechobee has opened a mud-spattered window into Florida's prehistoric past.
Since March, falling water levels have exposed 21 archaeological sites -- for now, the locations a secret to the public. Thousands of artifacts have been unearthed, including pieces of pottery, shell pendants, candleholders, arrowheads and fishing weights.

Human bones, too.

Archaeological teams from the state and Palm Beach County are hunting for still more relics before the rains take hold and they are lost to the lake again.

''It isn't exactly Indiana Jones,'' said Briana Delano, a state archaeologist.

And yet, the endeavor evokes just that image.

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