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Dig continues at Hanford landfill for historic items

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NEAR RICHLAND, Wash.-- Last month, we first told you about a dig for historic artifacts left behind in landfills after Hanford's construction. Now they're finding all sorts of old relics, hoping to get a glimpse of life during a vital time in our area.

The dig is led by Washington Closure Hanford along with an archeology firm. The first time they looked for old trash in landfills- nothing. Now each scoop of dirt is turing up hundreds of samples, mostly glass bottles, which were used for everything from drinks and food to medicine. But they are searching for personal items; mementos from the past.

"I am always excited about anything personal so those toys I'd like to see some," said Sara Clowery, with archeology firm Brian F. Smith & Associates. "Just in case somebody discarded something or some jewelry or something that says something about the people who lived here."

All of the items they find of value are photographed and archived. The excavation will continue into next week.

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