MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Researchers say a set of newly discovered 12,000-year-old artifacts in southeastern Connecticut is one of the oldest in New England.

The site located at Mashantucket Pequot Reservation was occupied by the Paleoindians. It is the fourth and oldest Paleoindian site found on tribal lands.

Researchers from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and from the University of Connecticut Archaeological Field School made the discovery. They found spear tips made in the Paleoindian “fluted point” style, as well as hunting and gathering tools. They also found items used to butcher, make clothes and scrape and tan hide.

Researchers say most of the artifacts found were made from stone that came from Maine, New York and Pennsylvania.

The artifacts will eventually be displayed at the museum.

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