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Prehistoric artifacts discovered during construction of Tulsa turnpike

Posted at 10:25 AM, Dec 02, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said crews discovered prehistoric artifacts at a site that is going to become part of the Gilcrease Expressway Project.

Officials excavated around 7,000 pieces believed to be 900 to 1,000 years old, the turnpike authority said. The University of Oklahoma, Osage Nation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) are all a part of the dig and believe the pieces to be authentic.

Officials said a report will be released on their findings in about six months. After, the pieces will be housed in the Sam Noble Museum.

Below are some of the prehistoric artifacts found at the site:

  • Pieces of stone tools
  • Broken pottery
  • Arrowheads
  • food remains
  • animal bones

CLICK HERE for more information and photographs on the discovery.


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