Created: 09/29/2013 10:53 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - Archaeologists have been able to date and preserve an ancient basket after hikers discovered the artifact on New Mexico public land.
The Bureau of Land Management says test reveal the basket dates between A.D. 690 and 970.
Official say the hikers found the partially buried basket in January 2009.
It was tucked under a rock overhang in northwest Socorro County.
One of the hikers led a team of two archaeologists and a law enforcement special agent to the site.
The basket was carefully removed and prepped for transport to the Museum of New Mexico's lab in Santa Fe.
Inside the basket were white crystals that appeared to be salt.
Scientists are still trying to determine the salt's origin.
BLM officials say the basket will be turned over to the museum.
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