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Archeologists find prehistoric pieces at Nashville ballpark site

April 4th, 2014 11:09 am by Associated Press

Archeologists find prehistoric pieces at Nashville ballpark site

A worker holds a piece of pottery from the Sulphur Dell site, the location of the new Nashville ballpark.(Photo: Submitted/The Tennessean)

NASHVILLE — Archeologists digging at the construction site for Nashville's new minor league baseball stadium have unearthed prehistoric deposits that could go back as far as 1150 AD.

State archaeologist Mike Moore told The Tennessean fire pits and broken pieces of ceramic pans were uncovered at Sulphur Dell. They suggest that the area once held a large workshop where mineral water was boiled to collect salt, a valuable trading commodity.

Moore said this is the first discovery of its kind in the region.

Archaeologist Kevin Smith is director of anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. He said enough material was excavated to fuel one or two years of research.

The new Nashville Sounds ballpark will be built over archeological site, but not in a way that will damage any remaining artifacts.

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