Friday, September 01, 2006

Receding Texas Lake Reveals Old Skeleton
Archeologists say a prehistoric skeleton and campsite discovered on the muddy shore of Lake Travis could be between 700 and 2,000 years old.

An archaeology crew excavated the nearly intact skeleton on Sunday so that it can be donated to the University of Texas for further study.

“The significance of this is really an understanding of the ways of people who lived here in the past,'' said Andy Malof, an archaeologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority. “It gives us information about their health, their diet, stresses and their environment.''

Interesting. The guy who found it apparently recognized it immediately as ancient:
Houston, an archaeology buff who has “home-schooled'' himself on the subject for almost 25 years, said he recognized the skull as dating back hundreds of years. The teeth are ground down, which indicates the person ate food that is stone-ground and has tiny rock fragments in it, he said.

So there you go, read ArchaeoBlog daily and you too will be able to recognize anything really, really old.