NM teens find possible 900-year-old artifact

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12 May 2012

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The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —

A group of New Mexico seventh-graders have found could be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in a while.

Seventh-graders from Sandia Prep discovered a Native American pot, about 18 inches high and 14 to 16 inches wide and possibly 900 years old, while on a field trip last month in Cibola County.

"It was like a gray pot, with zig-zag stripes and dash patterns all the way going around it," seventh-grader Isabel Jerome told KOAT-TV. "Yeah, it was a really incredible find."

State officials aren't revealing the artifact until they consult nearby pueblos.

Teachers immediately contacted U.S. National Park Service representatives who then contacted the Bureau of Land Management.

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