Native American burial ground has ancient stone statues
A tribal site in southern Idaho that contains hundreds of ancient stone figures has been identified as an ancient sacred site in a historic dig by archaeologists.
A team led by anthropologist James A. Wilson of the University of Idaho has been excavating at the ancient Stone Circle site since 2000.
Wilson said they found a small mound and stone gravesites in the middle of the site.
He said they had found artifacts dating back at least 1,200 years, dating back to around 5,000 years ago.
“We’re trying to make sense of how this site came to be here,” Wilson said.
“The area is very old.
There was a lot of stone there, so we think this was probably a burial ground.”
The site is located on the edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.
The area is sacred to the Hopi, Navajo, Navajo-American and Ute tribes.
The archaeologists believe they found several ancient figures, some of which are stone and some of them are wooden, Wilson said, and that they also found a large stone structure that has a stone slab over it.
“It’s the most complete site I’ve seen in the United States of America.
It’s like a treasure chest,” Wilson told the Idaho Statesman.
The site, which includes a number of stone burial sites, is believed to have been the burial grounds of a group of people known as the Hohokam.
The tribe is located near the present-day village of Chisago.