Photo: Mogollon New Mexico Pottery
A teen from the Sandia Prep in Albuquerque, New Mexico might just of stumbled upon one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in awhile. The seventh-grade group was on a field trip to Cibola County when Isabel Jerome found a 14-by-14 inch gray-black pot patterned with dashes and zigzags.
Donna Hummel of the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management told KOAT News that this a ‘once in a lifetime find’ that maybe 900-years-old. The sharp seventh-graders found the pot but left it alone and immediately contacted authorities.
This find predates New Mexico as a Mexican territory and the Spanish Conquistadors arrival in the 16th century. It is possible that the pot belongs to the Mogollon culture that lived in the Southwest and Northern Mexico between 150 to 1400 AD.