Native artifacts along Southern California coast being washed away

MSNBC reports that the archaeological past is fast fading on the Channel Islands, a chain of eight largely undeveloped islands just off the mansion-studded Southern California coast. Though five of the islands make up the Channel Islands National Park, they are not protected from the sea’s fury.

The U.S. Geological Survey found that most threatened are the San Miguel and Santa Rosa coasts, home to thousands of archaeological relics from house pits to trash heaps to random scatters of stone anvils and burned rocks, which are being washed away.