Spiro Mounds Artifact Turns Up At Goodwill

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An item that was dropped off at a western New York Goodwill site turns out to be an ancient artifact from eastern Oklahoma that could be more than one-thousand years old. Last month, the item -- a seven-and-a-half inch tall vessel -- turned up at a Goodwill warehouse. It was placed on Goodwill's auction site and that's when officials learned of its history. E-mails began pouring in, identifying the vessel as being ancient Indian pottery. A note found inside the pottery indicated that it had been found in 1970 at a burial mound in Spiro in northern Le Flore County. Spiro is home to the Spiro Mounds, a pre-historic Indian archaeological site that is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only prehistoric Native American archaeological site in Oklahoma that is open to the public. The pottery was removed from the auction site and Goodwill officials say it's being given to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma.