Prehistoric Artifact: Pottery Donated to Goodwill, A Native American Prehistoric Artifact?

By on May 4, 2012 in Archaelogy, United States, World Comments

“Prehistoric Artifact” Pottery
Image Credit: Mark Mulville

A 7.5- inch pottery donated to Goodwill by an anonymous donor is said to be a prehistoric artifact taken from a Native American burial site in Oklahoma, according to reports by several international news sites, May 4, 2012.

Based on reports, the pottery travelled through internal distribution system before it arrives in New York. The pottery was put in auction and receives two bids for just $4.99, according to Goodwill employees.

“We’re pretty amazed that the thing wasn’t (a) broken or (b) just thrown out,” Jeremy Juhasz, Goodwill‘s local social media and website coordinator mentioned in an interview.

Moreover, a note which reads “Found in a burial mound near Spiro Oklahoma in 1970” was also found inside the pottery. Reports mentioned the pottery could be several thousands of years old, since it originated from Spiro Mounds archaeological site in Oklahoma.

According to Oklahoma Historical Society, the site was a permanent settlement from approximately 800 to 1450 although the  people have inhabited the area for 8,000 years.

Goodwill said they will return the piece to the Caddo Indian Nation.

“Once we were alerted to what it was, there was no doubt that we were happy to donate it back to them,” Juhasz mentioned in a statement.

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