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7,000-year-old village found in Des Moines

More than 6,000 artifacts have been uncovered at the site of a 7,000-year-old village found in Des Moines, Iowa.

The site, nicknamed “the Palace” because of its size and preservation, yielded the remains of two humans, a woman and an infant, that are the oldest human bones to be found in the state.

“It’s always fun to find the oldest of something … but the real significance lies in how well-preserved it is,” State Archaeologist John Doershuk said. “This site is important because it was intensively occupied and very quickly river floods sealed the deposits and very quickly preserved items that otherwise could have been lost. It’s all about preservation context, and that’s what this site really has in abundance that other sites don’t.”

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Story: Diane Heldt, The Gazette | Photo: Office of the State Archaeologist

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