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MUFONET-BBS GROUP - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 13:19 Wed Mar 11 EXP: 13:00 Sat Mar 14 쿚LDEST AMERICAN HOME FOUND IN OHIO, DATED MORE THAN 12,000 쿧EARS OLD 쿘EDINA, OH (MARCH 11) UPI - Archaeologists in Ohio have 쿯ound what may be the oldest American home in a discovery 쿭escribed as being of staggering importance. 쿎leveland Museum of Natural History officials said Tuesday 퀃he Sharon Township site contains two pits littered with 퀂tone weapons and three holes for posts, dated more than 12,000 years old. The site is believed to be the living 쿿uarters for a group of prehistoric Paleoindian people. 쿏avid Brose, the museum's chief curator of archaeology, 쿭iscovered the site in 1990. He said the structure appears 퀃o be the oldest found in North America. 쿌rtifacts found at the site have been sent to a laboratory 쿶n Arizona for specialized carbon testing. Brose said he 쿹earned Feb. 20 that the testing revealed several hard 퀇ooden posts found at the site indicated an age in excess 쿽f 12,250 years. Carbon-dating of charcoal remains in a 쿻earby pit dated vegetation to 13,120 years ago. 쿍rose said the most conservative estimate archaeologists use 쿶n referring to the first Americans is 11,000 years ago. But 퀃he Medina County discovery moves that figure past 13,000 퀉ears. 쿍rose would not disclose the exact location of the site, 퀂ince he hopes to continue excavating. Brose says he wants 퀃o ''get the layout of the house, the size of the family or 쿭ifferent kinds of families.'' 쿍radley Lepper, an international authority on Paleoindians 쿪nd curator of the Moundbuilders and Flintridge museums in 쿚hio, offered a baseball analogy to convey the discovery's 쿶mportance. ''It's like hitting a grand slam home run in the World 쿞eries,'' he said. ''The fact that there is the oldest 쿮vidence of a house, a pit probably with food remains ... 쿷ust staggering.'' 쿓e said key to the discovery is the fact that the objects 퀇ere discovered in context. ''Usually you find these things in a plowed field,'' said 쿗epper. ''Now we have them in association with features - 퀃he pits. The importance of these pits is they can give us 쿮vidence of what kind of food these people were eating. They 쿬an tell us what kind of houses they built for themselves. 쿟here are no other houses dating from that time period.'' 쿗epper said it is important to understand the achievements 쿽f the Paleoindians who migrated from Asia to the Americas. ''They were amazing,'' he said. ''One archaeologist once 퀂aid that in the realm of human achievement, we will never 쿪gain see the likes of what the Paleoindians achieved - not 퀅ntil we discover a planet that we can inhabit. ''These people discovered two continents - North and South 쿌merican. They moved into a new world, adapted to the 쿭ifferent environments and laid the groundwork for all 쿾eople later on.'' =END=


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