Possible Ice Age Artifact Discovery In Virginia

August 10, 2007

Archaeologists believe that they've found artifacts from the last ice age in Alexandria.

The discovery came at a site that's being excavated for a memorial to freed slaves. While searching for the graves of about 1,800 former slaves buried there in the late 1860s, archaeologists found what they believe is a stone tool that's about 13,000 years old.

Until this discovery, the oldest known Alexandria artifact was about 9,000 years old.

Researchers believe the spear point was used by hunters who lived in the area when glaciers from the last ice age began to melt. They say it provides the first concrete evidence that people were present in Alexandria during that period.

Archaeologists are looking for more artifacts. They're also continuing their work to identify the graves from the Freedman's Cemetery so they can remain undisturbed when the memorial park is built.


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