The possibility of recovering more remains from
the same location where Howard found Laguna Woman in 1933 excited
many archeologists, and a full-scale scientific exploration
of the site on St. Anns street was launched.
In the 35 years since the original discovery,
more houses had been built along the street, but the long exposed
bank of earth was still accessible, and the property owners
were more then thrilled to allow the archeological team to dig
up their front yards...provided they returned the land to it's
team of professional archeologists were gathered together under
the leadership of Dr. Joseph Tomchak, Professor of Archeology
at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa California, to conduct
a through excavation the discovery site. Students from UCLA
and other surrounding universities joined in with great enthusiasm.
Throughout the summer months of 1968, the scientists
carefully poured over every pebble and twig they dug up, searching
for the tiniest clue. They found a few small pieces of "worked"
stone, and many rodent bones and sea shells, but nothing more
of any human remains. A geological assessment of the site showed
that it was a 5-8 deep covering of earth that probably been
washed down from the coastal mountains behind the town. This
is probably where Laguna Woman came from too. She most likely
died up high in a valley near the mountain top, called Hidden
Valley, then later washed down to the present site during torrential
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