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Shell Midden Uncovered in St Thomas

Friday, February 15, 2013

(Martin Lie, via Wikimedia Commons)CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST THOMAS—A 1,500-year-old midden has been discovered beneath a public square in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is made up of whelk shells; bones from fish, birds, rodents, and marine mammals; and pottery fragments. “We have a major site here, one that is rich in the history of St. Thomas. It takes priority over everything else because once the water lines are put in, the site will be completely destroyed. We have to extract as much information as possible,” said archaeologist David Hayes.