CBC – Archeologists to search for artifacts at Yukon’s Faro mine site. Managing the contaminated site means finding and preserving anything of historic significance.

There could be more digging this summer at Yukon’s notoriously contaminated Faro mine site, but this time it will be archeologists, not miners, doing the work.

They’ll be looking for anything of historic significance that should be preserved or protected, as work continues to manage and remediate the large, 25 square kilometre site.

“We’ve been able to define another area that might be disturbed as part of the planning work, and to ensure that we protect those [heritage] values, we’re proceeding with the archeological work in advance,” said Patricia Randell of the Yukon government’s abandoned mines branch.

The Faro mine was in operation from 1969 until 1998, producing lead, zinc and silver. The federal government took over the site when the owner went bankrupt. In 2009, the federal and Yukon governments agreed on a plan to deal with the estimated 64,000 hectares of contaminated soil and groundwater. Part of the agreement requires Yukon to come up with a closure plan for the Faro site, with the help of federal money.

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