A 10-person team of archaeologists on Monday carefully unearthed part of a Hohokam village found by workers during light-rail construction in Tempe.
The scientists found an undisclosed number of human remains and the plaster floors of five dwellings. They also found signs of prehistoric domestic life: part of a woven mat, pottery shards, stone tools, beads and shell ornaments that were used for jewelry.
"These people were sedentary, like we are, and had miles and miles of canals," said Allan Schilz, principal investigator for Archaeological Consulting Services Ltd. advertisement
He said the site likely is part of a larger village that may have had up to 1,000 inhabitants at one time.
Construction season is gearing up so expect lots more of this.