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MURPHSYBORO, IL (KFVS) - A group of archeologists has uncovered a nearly 1,000 year old Native American village near the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro Illinois.

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey was contracted to survey land so the state of Illinois could build a roadway.The investigation uncovered a 700 to 900 year old Native American village.

The group of people that lived in the village would have pre-dated European contact according to Senior Research Archaeologist, Patrick Durst, of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.

“It’s sort of unclear if these groups spread out and became parts of what we know as the tribes today,” Durst said. Read more.

Archaeologists with the Jamestown Rediscovery Project are now exhibiting a representative sampling of the thousands of Native American artifacts they have uncovered over the past 20 years in or near the site of the 1607 James Fort remains on Jamestown Island, the site of the first successful English colony in North America.

Under the rubric, “The World of Pocahontas Unearthed”, the artifacts can now be seen artfully displayed in their own section within the relatively new Voorhees Archaearium, a large one-story copper-sheathed building that rests on pilings designed to protect the seventeenth century-archaeological features and artifacts that lie beneath. Read more.

WESTERN BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Tucked away in western Boynton Beach are the remnants of a relatively unknown prehistoric culture.

Just off US 441 and Boynton Beach Boulevard, in a spot guarded by cottonmouth snakes and alligators, are eight Native American mounds belonging to a group that became known as the Belle Glade culture.

The mounds have been largely untouched since the 1970s, but one Florida Atlantic University graduate student, Rebecca Stitt, went on a recent dig at the mound complex, where she found pottery and ceramics. Her research and items from a previous dig will be on display at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County until June 28. Read more.

The ancient skeleton of a teenage girl found in an underwater cave in Mexico may be the missing link that solves the long-standing mystery behind the identity of the first Americans, researchers say.

These findings, the first time researchers have been able to connect an early American skeleton with modern Native American DNA, suggest the earliest Americans are indeed close relatives of modern Native Americans, scientists added.

The newfound skeleton was named “Naia,” after Greek water spirits known as naiads. The bones are the nearly intact remains of a small, delicately built teenage girl who stood about 4 feet 10 inches (149 centimeters) tall and was about 15 or 16 years old at the time of her death, based on the development of her skeleton and teeth. Read more.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Archaeologists will return to an ancient Native American site in eastern Oklahoma next month to resume excavation, after they discovered a prehistoric building there last October.

Few artifacts have been discovered near the formation — which measures just about 12 feet across — at Spiro Mounds making it difficult for researchers to determine the time period of the building, said Scott Hammerstedt, a researcher at the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey.

"It’s a building. A prehistoric building, a fairly faint one — but one nonetheless," he said.

Researchers will head back to excavate a handful of other areas during five weeks of fieldwork in May and June, Hammerstedt said. Read more.

An archaeological dig is wrapping up at the site of Nashville’s future baseball park at Sulphur Dell, although experts said they would like to have more time to explore what they consider a significant find.

Dr. Kevin Smith, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, wrote about the discoveries on a Facebook page of the Middle Cumberland Archeological Society.

Smith writes that the excavation uncovered “important prehistoric features and artifacts.”

Smith told Channel 4 News that archaeologists have found the first hard evidence that an ancient Native American city was most likely a major manufacturer and exporter of salt about 800 to 900 years ago. Read more.

Thousands of artifacts originating from Native American groups and other countries are being packed up and scanned at a rural Indiana farm in an investigation into the collection amassed by a 91-year-old man over eight decades, officials said Wednesday.

Donald Miller has been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to sort out whether artifacts he has acquired should be returned to the countries or the Native American tribes from which they came or stay at his Waldron, Indiana, farmhouse that has doubled as a makeshift museum.

Dozens of FBI agents, support staff and outside experts in archaeology, anthropology and other disciplines are handling the artifacts. The size of the collection and task before them stunned Larry Zimmerman, a professor of anthropology and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Read more.

SALT LAKE CITY — A 14-year-old boy digging a trout pond in the backyard of his father’s Salt Lake City home stumbled across a surprise: the remains of an American Indian who lived about 1,000 years ago.

Experts from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts spent Friday removing the remains, which were confirmed by medical examiners as those of a person from a millennium ago, and investigating the site for archaeological clues after ninth-grader Ali Erturk’s discovery earlier in the week.

"Humans have occupied this valley for up to 10,000 years," department spokesman Geoffrey Fattah told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We do run into situations where progress runs into the ancient past." Read more.