Low water levels expose rare artifacts

Feb 3, 2014 6:28 PM

They say there's gold in the hills near Lake Oroville.

But nowadays, it's what’s underneath the water there that's getting all the attention.

At Lake Oroville, the drought has dried up water levels to the lowest they've been in years. And now, longtime hidden treasures--that were underwater for years--are becoming exposed.

“This is one of the examples of one of the archaeological prehistoric sites,” said California State Parks peace officer Evan Walter while pointing to bedrock mortar. “This is where they would grind acorn to make the meal using a pestle and mortar.”

At a time when the waters are usually filled with boaters looking for fish, this land is instead filled with curious people searching for treasure.

And while digging and taking any artifact is illegal, any gold found on the surface is fair game.

Taking any artifacts is a big crime and something law enforcement officials are trying to stop.

In an attempt to stop that kind of illegal activity, rangers and volunteers are on patrol.


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