You might think of local history as going back to 1797, when Franklinton was founded, or 1816, when Columbus became the state capital. Or maybe for you it all begins in 1890, when the Ohio State Buckeyes played (and won) their first football game.

But people have been living on the shores of the Scioto a lot longer than that -- 2,500 years longer, at least.

Archaeologists have uncovered fire pits dating to about 550 B.C., shards of pottery and traces of an ancient building next to the Scioto. They also discovered a human skeleton, largely intact, buried on the riverbank.

Another spot appears to be the remains of a cremated person, according to archaeologist Ryan Weller, and there may be up to nine other people buried nearby. It may have been a seasonal encampment for hunters, gatherers and fishers who lived during the Early Woodland time period.

Weller and his team have been assessing the historical value of a site where the city plans to build a pumping station. The discovery, on the fringe of the Columbus Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, shouldn’t derail the project.

Check out Theodore Decker’s Dispatch story.