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Ancient NYC

This pipe effigy shows a tattooed man. Despite its small size the artist paid careful attention to detail. Credit: Owen Jarus

Ancient 'NYC' of Canada discovered

Occupied between roughly A.D. 1500 and 1530, the so-called Mantle site was settled by the Wendat (Huron). Excavations at the site, between 2003 and 2005, have uncovered its 98 longhouses,

a palisade of three rows (a fence made of heavy wooden stakes and used

for defense) and about 200,000 artifacts. Dozens of examples of art have

been unearthed showing haunting human faces and depictions of animals, with analysis ongoing. (July 10)