Jun 26

1968 Diablo Canyon archeology



Archaeologist “Bobbie” Greenwood displays bone dagger. More than 1,000 Indian artifacts have been recovered at Diablo Canyon.

June 10, 1968

Major construction at Diablo Canyon was about a year away. Before it began a crew of archeologists worked to document the site.

Financed by PG&E, 15 to 18 people worked at various sites in the construction zone.

Roberta “Bobbie” Greenwood, research archaeologist for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History talked to the media about the project.

Veteran reporter Elliot Curry’s lede:

“Significant evidence of Indian life along Diablo Canyon far into the pre-historic past is being uncovered in an archaeological project now nearing completion.”

If you have ever toured the area you know that it is a spectacular stretch of coastline and a logical place for a Chumash settlement.

Today there would be Native American representatives present but that was not the case in 1968.

A related story said that construction of the access road to the plant site was about to begin.

Estimates at the time had the plant opening by 1972 and the cost was pegged at $184 million. Both estimates proved to be wildly optimistic.

Unit One nuclear reactor went online in 1984, and Unit Two nuclear reactor in 1985.

Future blog posts will cover the construction phase.

Nuclear power is a part of the national conversation this election year as oil prices rise to record levels.

You can calculate your carbon footprint at this PG&E link.

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