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Area of proposed freeway project includes Temecula's birthplace


Last updated 3/6/2008 at Noon

Paul Price talks about artifacts that can be found on the ground during an archaeological tour of the original Temeku Indian village on the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve near Temecula.

Local historical activists, many relying on canes and walking sticks for support, hiked 7,000 years into the past two weeks ago to explore the rugged, boulder-strewn birthplace of Temecula.

In doing so, about 35 participants came away with an increased awareness of a scarcely visited area that has gained new prominence recently due to a proposed city annexation and a pending freeway improvement project.

“That’s Temecula’s hidden secret,” said Roger Sannipoli, an Old Town property owner who has been active in key historical projects and issues. “There’s so much history up there...

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