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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 18:42 Tue Oct 08 EXP: 19:00 Fri Oct 11 쿌RCHAEOLOGISTS FIND EVIDENCE OF INDIAN FARMING ON CAPE COD 쿍OSTON (OCT. 8) UPI - University of Massachusetts 쿪rchaeologists digging on Cape Cod have unearthed the first 쿾hysical evidence of farming by Indians in New England, the 퀂chool said Tuesday. 쿟he team from UMass-Boston found a field consisting of what 쿪ppear to be more than 40 individual corn hills, said 쿞tephen Mrozowski, assistant professor of anthropology and 쿭irector of the university's historical archaeological 쿾rogram. 쿘rozowski said the team made the ''unprecedented and 퀂ignificant'' discovery on the southern shore of Cape Cod, 쿫ut declined to give the exact location. The owners of the 쿾roperty had asked that their privacy be respected, he said. 쿟he corn hills, which are believed to date back some 400 퀉ears, are the first physical evidence of Indian agriculture 쿶n New England, Mrozowski said. Historians have had to rely 퀂olely on the recorded observations of European explorers 쿪nd early settlers. ''Until now, the only evidence we have had that the Indians 쿽f New England practiced agriculture have been historical 쿪ccounts written by early explorers and settlers of the 퀁egion,'' Mrozowski said. ''Old corn hills have been found in Massachusetts from time 퀃o time, but we have never been sure if they were the result 쿽f Native American or English agricultural efforts. This is 퀃he first time we have found corn hills in an archaeological 쿬ontext that we can date with a fair degree of certainty,'' 쿴e said. 쿟he items the archaeologists found confirm historical 쿪ccounts that Indians grew corn and beans in that area of 쿎ape Cod, Mrozowski said. ''The initial discovery and the research we now are 퀅ndertaking will give us the first opportunity to look at 쿴ow Native Americans treated their environment,'' he said. ''It will also allow us to look for the first time in detail 쿪t Native American agricultural practices.'' 쿟he corn hills apparently were farmed by members of the 쿙auset tribe, Mrozowski said. 쿌lso found at the site were glass trade beads, pipes for 퀂moking, fabric and ceramics that apparently were carried by 17th century English explorers, he said. Some stone tools 쿪nd small pieces of iron which may be the remains of farming 쿶mplements were also found at the site, he said. 쿘rozowski said he plans to spend the winter analyzing 쿺aterials taken from the site, with the help of a team of 쿲raduate students and biology Professor Lawrence Kaplan. He 쿾lans to resume digging at the site next summer. =END=

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