Ancient Stone Tool Intrigues Archaeologists in Oregon

March 6, 2015 8:40 AM

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Ancient Stone Tool Intrigues Archaeologists in Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America. The find was announced Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which controls the land on which the site was found.

University of Oregon archaeologist Patrick O'Grady, who supervises the dig, says the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside Riley has not been fully excavated. But the tool, a hand-held scraper chipped from a piece of orange agate not normally found in eastern Oregon, was found about 8 inches (10 centimet...

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