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Archaeologist discovers house, tool cache during Sandy dig

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SANDY, Utah (AP) — It was the sight of out-of-place dark soil that led archaeologist Michael Hori to halt a gas company's digging at a Sandy park.

When he looked closer, he found what archaeologists call a pit house — a small home where people lived and cached a stash of tools and weapons to hunt with.

The Deseret News reports ( ) that Hori estimates the house is 500 to 1,500 years old.

The Eco Logic Environmental employee had been asked to monitor Questar Gas' dig site at Dimple Dell Park because the company knew there was a possibility of finding an archaeological site.

Eco Logic Environmental archaeologist Lance McNeese said the find was significant.

Hori said the tool cache indicated that the pit house's residents planned to return, but they never did.


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