Ancient artifacts discovered outside Bloomfield museum

Created: 07/07/2014 5:35 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In New Mexico, ancient cultural finds are everywhere.

Tori Myers with Salmon Ruins, laughs as she says, “It’s right at our front door.”

Many such cultural artifacts are housed at Salmon Ruins near Bloomfield.

But it's what's was right outside the museum that is getting the attention now.

Crews working on a road construction project found something interesting.

“In fact that was the announcement I made on the intercom, "discovery at our front door..."” said Myers. She is the ceramics expert at Salmon Ruins, who helped to examine the find.

She says last week a crew was moving dirt just feet from the edge of the parking lot when they uncovered pieces of red ware pottery.

“Red ware is usually unique, because it doesn't come from around here.”

The red ware is probably from southwestern Colorado.

Crews also found other pottery pieces and a broken grinding stone called a mano.

But that's not all. “Probably this is a ‘midden’ which is a trash deposit area and that could mean that there was a small structure nearby, something that we haven't found yet.”

The trash is likely from inhabitants of Salmon Ruins in the 11th century, members of the ancient puebloan culture.

“There could be more anywhere, there could be more out there.”

More artifacts are believed to be under the parking lot, but there is no money to dig it all up, so the site will be covered over and road construction will continue until excavation can take place.

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