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Unique Burial Pit Uncovered at Maryland's Pig Point

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND—During this year’s excavations at Maryland’s Pig Point, archaeologists discovered a ritualistic burial place consisting of five or more oval pits containing smashed bits of human bones and artifacts. “This is unreported ritual behavior. The groups repeatedly gathered at this site to trade, fish, conduct rituals, and arrange marriages,” said Al Luckenbach, archaeologist for Arundel County. There are signs of structures at Pig Point dating back 3,000 years.