Highway workers discover ancient pottery pieces

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (KRQE) – Some highway workers have made a discovery of some ancient artifacts.

Employees with Mountain States Construction were widening U.S. Highway 64 near the Salmon Ruins in Bloomfield when they discovered pottery pieces, fragments of charcoal, burned corn fibers, and fragments of a grinding stone.

An employee said he noticed something red and black reflecting in the sun and went to investigate.

Archeologists said the pottery pieces appear to be from between 1,100 and 1,300 A.D.

They said it will take some time to clean up the pieces and determine exactly where they came from and from what time period.

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