Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Discoveries in Cave Speak Volumes About History.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

* State archaeologists map and catalog prehistoric contents from a find near Alamogordo

A page from the explosives instructions and an empty lunch bag tell the short story of how road crews exposed a cave containing prehistoric human artifacts in the Sacramento Mountains 51 years ago.

State archaeologists in October and November mapped and cataloged the prehistoric contents of the cave above U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.

A 3,000-year-old corn cob, stone dart points and mother-of-pearl jewelry removed from cave may yield new clues about early hunter gatherers who may have summered in southern New Mexico well before the birth of Anasazi civilization or settlements farther north at Chaco Canyon.

Dry, tranquil conditions inside Hill Rolls Cave preserved for thousands of years perishable hemp sandals, grass bedding, primitive brooms and fragments of baskets. …

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