The Petrified Forest in Arizona seems to be home to another ancient village, according to new findings. A first one was found last summer at the eastern portion of the national park’s expansion, but it’s the second one located in the area that was only found in the last couple of years.
A group of ten archaeologists walked the area throughout summer and, even though it was real torture to do so under the sun, the newly found village made it all worth it.
The chronological period of its creation is assumed to date back to sometime between 200 and 700 AD. In the area, a great number of sandstone-made pit-houses were found dug into the ground, crafted all together close to one another. Reportedly, the village has around 50 to 70 structures, almost like the one found earlier.
Apart from the housing facilities, the explorers also found crafts made of wood, shell and ceramics, mostly including tools and weapons. Moreover, the walls were decorated with various petroglyphs. The village seems to belong to the Basketmaker era, although the settlers who lived there are still utterly unknown.
Archaeological activity in the area will be continued in the summer.