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Shell midden found beneath public square in U.S. Virgin Islands

A 1,500-year-old shell midden has been found underneath a public square in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A 200-foot trench on Krondprindsens Gade between Strand Gade and General Gade gives access to a midden, the archaeological term for a dumping ground where people deposited food waste, excrement and discarded broken pots and tools.

The site will be hand-excavated during the next several weeks by a team of archaeologists called in for their expertise in the “Saladoid” period, which dates from 500 B.C. to 545 A.D.

Artifacts already extracted from the dig include hundreds of whelk shells, hundreds of pottery fragments and some bones of fish, birds, hutia and marine mammals.

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Story: Amanda Norris, VI Daily News | Photo: Max Ufberg

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