Researchers said a set of newly discovered 12,000-year-old artifacts in southeastern Connecticut is one of the oldest in New England.
The site located at Mashantucket Pequot Reservation was occupied by the Paleoindians and it is the fourth and oldest Paleoindian site found on tribal lands.
Researchers from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and from the University of Connecticut Archaeological Field School made the discovery during a routine archaeological survey on the reservation.
They found spear tips made in the Paleoindian "fluted point" style, as well as hunting and gathering tools. They also found items used to butcher, make clothes and scrape and tan hide.
“This site is part of an important Paleo-Indian landscape; one of the earliest and most extensive ever identified in North America.” Kevin McBride, director of research at Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, said in an e-mail.
Researchers said most of the artifacts found were made from stone that came from Pennsylvania, New York and Maine.
The artifacts will eventually be displayed at the museum.