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Published June 20, 2010, 09:12 AM

Knife River excavation reveals possible fire pit

STANTON, N.D. (AP) — Excavation along the Knife River has uncovered what's believed to be a 500-year-old pit for firing pottery.

STANTON, N.D. (AP) — Excavation along the Knife River has uncovered what's believed to be a 500-year-old pit for firing pottery.

The pit was discovered last week by a team of archeologists and students from the University of North Dakota and the Midwest Archaeological Center in Nebraska. Tests still must be done to confirm the discovery.

Archaeologist Jay Sturdevant says if confirmed, the pit would be the only evidence so far of prehistoric pottery manufacturing in the northern Plains.

The remains of the pit were found in a bank after water from last year's flooding receded.

The excavation work is part of an emergency mitigation project to save artifacts before they're destroyed by flooding.

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