Archaeologists recently discovered an ancient village in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. The village dates to between A.D. 200 and A.D. 700, Bill Reitze, the park’s archaeologist, told USA TODAY Network.
Fifty to 75 “pit house” structures, or semiround subterranean homes, were found at the site this summer, Reitze said. That means between 100 and 125 people likely lived in the village at any one time. Archaeologists also found a number of artifacts, according to Reitze.
“They are primarily stone tools like spear points and scrapers that are made out of the local petrified wood,” he said. “There’s also some shell that’s used to make ornaments and early pottery.”
It’s the second village of its size to be found in the area in the past two years. They are less than a mile apart and located on neighboring ridges, according to Reitze.
“I think there’s going to be more sites like this in the park,” Reitze said.