martes, 2 de junio de 2015

Connecticut Researchers Uncover 12,000-Year-Old site

Mashantucket — An archaeological dig on the edge of the Great Cedar Swamp of the Mashantucket Pequot reservation has uncovered a 12,000-year-old site once occupied by Paleoindians, among the earliest occupants of the area now known as New England.

The discovery, part of a two-year excavation project that initially focused on what was thought to be later occupations, made the Paleoindian connection when certain artifacts were unearthed. Kevin McBride, director of research at the Mashantucket Museum and Research Center, said excavation of distinctively Paleoindian "blades" tied the find to the Paleoindians, who occupied the site about 12,000 years ago.

"The first hint popped up that we were dealing with a 12,000-year-old site when they found a specific type of tool, or a way of making a tool, called a blade, that was very distinctive for this period," said McBride. "These are the oldest recognized tools and cultural traditions that we find in southern New England, so this site, and the scrutiny and research it will get, will be far above normal." [...]

Actualización 07-06-15: Vídeo. 12,000-year-old artifacts found on Mashantucket Pequot Reservation

Artifacts more than 12,000-years old have been discovered in Connecticut on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, making for one of the oldest discoveries in New England...

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Actualización: Vídeo. 12,000-year-old artifacts found on Mashantucket Pequot Reservation