Digging Deeper, Archaeologists Throw New Light on Old Finds

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Doug Ingles

Jessi Halligan, of the U. of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, excavating at a Florida site first discovered in the 1980s. Maneuvering in the Aucilla River, she says, is “like diving in the darkest iced tea you can imagine.”

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Doug Ingles

Jessi Halligan, of the U. of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, excavating at a Florida site first discovered in the 1980s. Maneuvering in the Aucilla River, she says, is “like diving in the darkest iced tea you can imagine.”

Little more than a tiny, fragile cranium and clavicle, the bones of the Anzick baby held their secrets for 12,650 years before a Montana backhoe accidentally unearthed the remains, scattered among elk-antler tools and stone points, in 1968. It was the oldest burial site found in North America, researchers determined. But so discovered, the Anzick baby did not give in. It clutched its secrets a few decades longer.

Only this month did a