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1,300-year-old villages found in Arizona

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Two villages dating back 1,300 years have been found in northern Arizona.

“Last year we found a large habitation site, and this summer we found a match, less than a mile away, a site that has dozens and dozens of different features,” Reitze said.

“We have now two large groups of pithouse structures, both of them with probably more than 50 structures associated with them.”

In addition to the distinctive sandstone architecture, both sites turned up fragments of brown ceramics and stone points that are indicative of the late Basketmaker period, a cultural phase that prefigured the Ancestral Puebloans who went on to build the monuments of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.

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Story: Western Digs | Photo: NPS

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