Science: Diggers, Jul. 26, 1948

The oldest New World building yet discovered lay in the California sunshine last week. Amateur Archaeologist C. D. McCown was troweling away at the camp site of Pinto Man found eight months ago in the hot Mojave Desert (TIME, May 31). Under the dry surface he came on what looked like a pesthole. The wood of the post had disappeared thousands of years ago, but in its place was sand contrasting with the undisturbed earth around it. Other diggers downed their tools and hurried up excitedly; such filled-in postholes are treasures in archaeology.

After several days of careful work, the diggers uncovered...

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