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Cahokia Mounds Excavators Make Interesting Find

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Experts say student archaeologists excavating the Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois have made an interesting find.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the students found a bundle of whelk shells and bird bones tied together. Cahokia Mounds Museum Society Executive Director Lori Belknap says the team usually unearths Native American pottery shards or arrow points. She says the items in the bundle were laid "in a very specific order" and found in a ceremonial pit. She calls it a "significant find."

Belknap shared the discovery Saturday at the Mississippian Conference at the historic site in Collinsville. She says an analysis on the bundle "will tell us so much about the culture."

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