Carpenters, students help unravel mysteries of Paleoindians


JEFFERSON, N.H. (AP) — Hidden behind a bed and breakfast in the White Mountains, teams of volunteers with trowels and shovels needle the soil in several shallow pits searching for clues about Native Americans who passed through here 12,000 years ago.

The project is like many archaeological digs, with researchers hoping to find any artifacts that could explain just how these Paleoindians lived, why they set up shop above a valley and why they eventually moved on. But what makes this state-run effort in New Hampshire a little different is that amateurs — a retired sprinkler fitter, recent...

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