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Idaho Museum Unveils 16,000-year-old Tools

POCATELLO, Idaho - The Idaho State University archaeological team was merely called to the scene to ensure that a planned outhouse at a new state park wouldn't encroach upon an old homestead. In the late summer of 2006, the researchers dug up pieces of an iron stove, dated 1900,a 1905 nickel and a row of buried fence posts. Curious about the forgotten ranch, they dug deeper, and they serendipitously unearthed the oldest human artifacts ever found in Idaho. Indeed, the stone tools they extracted from the hole predate the Clovis culture of 13,000 years ago, thought until recent years to mark the advent of humans in North America. With some of the tools estimated at nearly 16,000 years old,the


FUNDING: This website update was due in part to the generous funding provided by the Idaho State Historical Society in the form of a Community Assistance Grant.

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