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Indian artifacts uncovered by construction crew

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ROLLING FORK, MS (WLBT) - A construction crew working in the delta has made an interesting discovery. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say ancient Indian artifacts have been found off of U.S. Highway 61 North in Rolling Fork. 

The items were discovered by crews excavating a 33-acre construction site for a Corps of Engineers Educational Center.

The site is on top of what they now believe is an old Indian burial ground. Archaeologist Chris Koeppel and his team unearthed preserved stone tools, pottery and other remains dating back to the 1300s. 

"It tells us the story of what was here before any of us were here for Native Americans, It's about their ancestors.  For people of other descent or cultures it's about the history of this area, how it contributes to our knowledge of how we live today as well," said Koeppel. 

 The artifacts will be taken to the Cobb Institute of Archeology at Mississippi State, where they will be put on display in the future. 

The Army Corps of Engineers does not want to disturb the burial ground, so they have met with local leaders of the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes to work out construction details. 

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