SAN JACINTO, Calif., June 10 -- Archaeologists working in Southern California say they've unearthed what may be the oldest shards of ceramic pottery found in the Western Hemisphere. Pieces of fired clay, a small cogstone, several large ground-stone artifacts, chipped-stone knives and charcoal from campfires have been discovered during construction of a water line just west of San Jacinto in Riverside County.
Archaeologist Susan Goldberg of Applied Earthworks said one charcoal sample was submitted to a Florida lab, and radiocarbon assays indicated it was about 9,000 years old. The date places the San Jacinto site earlier than another well-known archaeological location with similar artifacts in Orange County, which would make it the earliest ceramic industry in the Western Hemisphere. ---
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