A collection of ancient artifacts, including a bronze statue and a Roman amphora, are buried on a hillside in a remote region of northwestern New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
The discovery was made by archaeologists working in a site near the town of Pueblo, the department said.
“These are items that we’ve been collecting for many, many years,” said David Tompkins, the director of the U,S.
Forest Service’s Southwest Research Station, which manages the site.
“We’re going to put these pieces to good use.”
The site is known as Puebla, and it is part of the Puebloan archaeological landscape, which is largely comprised of rock and soil dating back to the Neolithic era, according to the USDA.
Pueblos are the ancestors of the Hopi, the Navajo and other Native American groups.
“It’s a very important place,” Tompkin said.
The artifacts are part of a collection of Pahua culture and agricultural artifacts, which were brought to the U and preserved in a special museum in Pueblan and Hopi communities, according the USDA website.
Pahuas have a special affinity for artifacts and objects from Pueblas past, which they believe are still in the area, Tompersons website said.
A statue of an eagle was found in the grave, the USDA said.
Archaeologists are working to identify the location of the remains, which will be preserved for possible future study.
The site, which lies about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Pumpehus, New Mexico is believed to be part of Pumpec Valley, a site with a unique archaeological heritage dating back more than 1,000 years, according U.N. agencies.
The Pueblois were first settled by the Spanish in the 1500s and were later brought to North America, where they were enslaved.
Archaeological finds from the area were unearthed by Native American tribes and sent to museums.