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.
MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami city commissioners approved a plan on Thursday to preserve the remains of a 2,000-year-old Native American village found on the site of a planned multibillion-dollar high-rise development.
Archaeologists have described the Tequesta Indian site as one of the most significant Native American finds in Florida.
It was discovered in 2005 when developers began excavating what had long been a parking lot. Since then, archaeologists have discovered eight circles of holes in the limestone bedrock where they say supports for Tequesta huts may have stood.
After weeks of negotiations, preservationists and the Miami-based MDM Development Group agreed on a plan that would build two-story glass enclosures above and around two of the circles. Read more.
New evidence establishes for the first time that Cahokia, a sprawling, pre-Columbian city situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, hosted a sizable population of immigrants.
Cahokia was an early experiment in urban life, said Thomas Emerson, who led the new analysis. Emerson is Illinois state archaeologist and the director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey at the University of Illinois.
Researchers have traditionally thought of Cahokia as a relatively homogeneous and stable population drawn from the immediate area, he said. “But increasingly archaeologists are realizing that Cahokia at AD 1100 was very likely an urban center with as many as 20,000 inhabitants,” he said. “Such early centers around the world grow by immigration, not by birthrate.” Read more.
MIAMI (Reuters) - Developers building a complex that would include a high-rise hotel were told by Miami officials on Friday to redesign the plan in order to preserve remnants of what is thought to be a 2,000-year-old Native American village in downtown Miami.
The site has been described by experts as the birth place of Miami and one of most significant Native American finds in Florida.
Archaeologists discovered the Tequesta Indian site in 2005 when developers began excavating what had long been a parking lot. Since then, eight circles of holes in the limestone bedrock have been uncovered where supports for huts may once have stood. Read more.
As more Native American archaeological sites are being uncovered around the United States, the findings are posing difficult questions for the cities where they are found.
In Miami, a major prehistoric Native American village has been discovered at a downtown site where developers plan to construct a movie theater, condos and hotel building.
The discovery has pitted developers against archaeologists and historic preservationists who want the find preserved in its entirety. Developers say the public is better served by removing a portion and putting it on display while continuing with construction.
Little is still known about Native American architecture but more sites are being found with advances in technology and a better understanding of the subtle markers that remain. Read more.