Thousands of artifacts found in Silver Springs

Treasure trove found in waters

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. - Scientists have uncovered a treasure trove of buried materials in Silver Springs' crystal clear waters.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that University of Florida experts estimate they've uncovered some 10,000 artifacts, mostly ancient tools and "lithic debitage," or the sharp flakes left behind during the making of arrows and spear tips.

The archaeologists surveying the property say the findings could land Silver Springs on the roster of America's most historically significant venues.

The survey was mandated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's deal with Palace Entertainment, which in January was granted an early exit from its lease so Silver Springs could become a state park. The transition required an archaeological survey.

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