July 20, 2009

Ancient settlement unearthed in Ohio

One of the largest and earliest American Indian settlements ever found is being excavated in Huron County, Ohio, archaeologists said.

Pottery fragments and flint tools suggest three distinct groups occupied the settlement as early as 2,500 years ago and stayed until shortly before European explorers arrived in the 1600s, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday.

There are all sorts of stories to tell about this site. I'm amazed at what's here, said Brian Redmond, archaeology curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Evidence from five weeks of digging this summer suggest the site may served as a ceremonial location, a wintering shelter, a defensible village and a trading post, Redmond said.

The exact location of the site is being kept secret, though Redmond said it sits on bluffs on a working farm overlooking the Huron River.