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5000-Year-Old Artifacts Unearthed at Air Force Base

Archaeologists dig at Luke Air Force Base
Senior Airman Sandra Welch
Archaeologists dig at Luke Air Force Base

Can you dig it? Thousands of artifacts dating back are far as 3000 B.C. have been unearthed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Archaeologists have been digging away at Luke since 2010 in preparation of a solar array being built on base, according to Armed with Science.

John Hall, the senior project director with Statistical Research, tells Armed with Science:

“The things we have found here will allow a very detailed examination of these ancient life ways. This is an unprecedented opportunity not included in the more than 100 years of documented archaeological work in and around the Phoenix Basin.”

Hall says the artifacts being uncovered were from Native Americans who lived on the archaeological site 5,000 years ago - a time before the advent of agriculture in the region. Hall says the discoveries his team are making will help scientists understand how people lived before farming existed.