Colorado Backyard Yields Cache of Stone Age Tools

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Researchers into the ancient human past are used to wandering the world in search of artifacts. But scientists at the University of Colorado said Wednesday that a major cache of Stone Age tools, believed to be 13,000 years old, had been found in a suburban backyard just six blocks from the campus in Boulder.

“I’m used to going hell and gone across the landscape to look,” said Douglas Bamforth, a professor of anthropology who analyzed the cache. “This time I walked.”

The 83 stone-cutting implements, some with enough blood residue on them to identify the animals they had been used to butcher, are believed to have belonged to a nomadic people who probably buried the tools for later retrieval, but never returned, Professor Bamforth said.

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