Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Old Archaeological Site Found in Minnesota

On top of the highest hill in Walker, Minnesota, archaeologists have discovered evidence of what could be the oldest human habitation in the state. This site which is estimated to be 13,000 to 14,000 years old, may also be among the oldest known archaeological sites in both North and South America. Stone tools that were possibly used by hunters near the end of the Ice Age were found.

Archaeologist David Mather said the find "is something off our radar. We didn't think it was even possible in Minnesota." Archaeologists found at least 50 objects in a 50 square yard area, and "we didn't excavate everything," Mather added. The objects ranged from large hammer stones to small handheld scrapers. The team also found tough silt stone, which resists shattering and could have been used to create sharp edges on other stones.

For modern day aboriginal artwork, see Free Spirit Gallery

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