September 20, 2014
GOSHEN, Utah (AP) - Archaeologists have struck gold at a dig near the town of Goshen about 35 miles south of Provo: the largest Fremont Indian structure ever excavated.
Brigham Young University anthropology professor Jim Allison says the 850-square-foot structure is unique because it served as a communal area that brought the entire village together.
He says it has yielded "a layer of prehistoric trash" that included common items such as arrowheads, broken pottery, corn cobs and animal bones.
Allison, who oversees students' work at the site, says radiocarbon dating shows it probably was occupied between 1025 and 1100.
The Fremont Indians inhabited sites in what are now Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado between 700 and 1300. They're known for pottery, figurines, moccasins and their use of farming.
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