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Ancient artifacts found during an archaeological endeavor at the site of the planned Genesee County emergency services communications tower could put a dent into construction plans.

The county’s contractor hired an Atlanta-based archaeological firm to do a customary test dig on the site near the Darien Fire Hall. That’s how the gold-colored rock-looking artifacts were uncovered.

Officials have not dated the artifacts or determined their origin at this time.

Undersheriff William Sheron says it’s a wait-and-see situation for phase 2 , but hopes it will be just a brief hiccup of that portion of the project.

“It’s just one of those hurdles we’re going to have to cross in the completion of this project,” he said. “At this point we don’t exactly know what to expect. We’re going to have to wait and hear from the state’s historical preservation organization and their findings.”

“It’s not insurmountable from what we can see at this time, however, we won’t know for certain until we get the findings. It does have the potential for delaying the project for a period of time, but as long as we can overcome any obstacles out there, we’re hopeful we’ll be able to put the tower on the Darien site.”

As part of a $10.8 million project to update the emergency communications system, the county is building three new towers. The towers are planned for construction in phase 2 which isn't scheduled for completion until the summer.

(Photo courtesy of our news partner, The Batavian)

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