Indian `kitchen' unearthed in park construction

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 CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) - Workers building a boat ramp at southeastern Indiana's Charlestown State Park have uncovered the apparent remains of a 4,000 year-old "kitchen" that ancient American Indians tribes may have used to prepare their winter food supply.
     
The discovery of the site in eastern Clark County prompted the state to temporarily halt work on the Ohio River boat ramp project.
     
Bob McCullough heads an archaeological survey team from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He says the site was probably used by nomadic tribes of hunters and gatherers.
     
McCullough says they appear to have collected hickory nuts, used rock slabs to crush them and then made fires to boil them and extract fatty oils they consumed during the lean winter months.

The archaeological work is required under federal and state historic preservation laws.
     
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