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History Stalls Ashland Plaza Redesign

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ASHLAND, Ore. – An Ashland area rich with history could compromise the redesign process. The Ashland Plaza gets lots of foot traffic each day, and it’s no secret that this activity runs back into the 19th century.

The redesign construction plan for the Ashland Plaza is put on hold. Construction can’t begin until an archaeologist gives the approval, because underneath the surface is soil rich with history. Oregon state law states the site must be studied before building.

Ten years ago in 2002 Southern Oregon University Anthropology Professor Mark Tveskov and his colleagues found a layer of soil in the Lithia Park area infused with artifacts from a Shasta Indian village. On top of that, were the remains of the Ashland Mill, a crucial part of early infrastructure.

The city of Ashland is paying for this project with tourism tax dollars. Until they figure out whats buried below they can’t estimate what kind of impact it will have on the redesign process.