12,000-year-old artifacts found on Mashantucket Pequot Reservation

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (WTNH) — 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.

“It’s one of the oldest sites in Connecticut and now the oldest site on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation,” said archaeologist Zac Singer, who studies stone tools and the pattern in the stone breakage. “We’re getting a glimpse into some of the first people who were occupying New England at the end of the last ice age.”

“These sites, people say, are like finding a needle in a haystack, so even finding one was a bit of a surprise.”

“At Mashantucket there are routine archaeological surveys along the reservation and during one particular survey a nice, large blade-like tool was recovered and those are characteristic of the Paleoindian period. When we found that, we got very interested that we might have one of these very early sites.”

“The showstopper is definitely the fluted point. That fluted point, which is the diagnostic artifact of the Paleoindians, would have been tipping the darts that were thrown.”

“This site is now closed. We’re still in the process of inventorying and processing and then analyzing. We’ll be, hopefully in the near future, getting some of these items on display for a new, small exhibit in the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.”

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