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Florida Sinkhole Holds 12,000-Year_Old Clues To Early Americans

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« on: February 19, 2009, 03:49:58 pm »

Ancient Environment

Gifford's divers will return to lower depths of Little Salt Spring soon, but will wait until their recent finds have been analyzed. They hope to eventually uncover evidence of campfires on the ledge. And because Little Salt Spring's waters contain little or no oxygen that would support bacteria that eats away at artifacts, it's possible they'll find near pristine items.

"There may be lots of stuff—basketry, woven fabrics, wooden implements—that you wouldn't otherwise find in an archaeological context," said Bruce Smith, curator of North American Archaeology at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Finding fragile wooden artifacts would "open a new window" of understanding how early Native Americans lived, Smith said. "You can really get excited by it."


Florida State Underwater Archaeology
National Museum of Natural History: Bruce Smith
University of Miami: John Gifford
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