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Prehistoric tools found in the Isles of Shoals

A team of archaeology students has found prehistoric stone tools in the Isles of Shoals, 6 miles off the coast of Maine. It is the first evidence of people stopped there before the 17th century.

The discovery, made earlier this month on Smuttynose Island, Maine, includes several stone tools and other artifacts. Although historians had long suspected that Native Americans had visited the isles, the artifacts now provide strong evidence that Indians inhabited the rocky isles around 800-1200 A.D. This is considered prehistoric because it was before any Native American written records and some 500 years prior to any European presence in the region, said Nathan Hamilton, director of the Archaeology Field School and a professor at the University of Southern Maine.

2 thoughts on “Prehistoric tools found in the Isles of Shoals

  1. There’s so much going on in ancient America right now – not least the huge sting operation in Utah, which has already nabbed 25 people for trading in illegaly proffered artefacts.

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