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AMATEUR TIPS OFF ARCHAEOLOGISTS TO PALEO-INDIAN TOOLS

Illinois state archaeologists, checking a tip from an amateur, have found tools used by people who migrated to central Illinois 11,000 years ago.

Spear tips, knives and tools used to scrape animal hides by people during the Paleo-Indian period - the first people to inhabit the area - are among the items recovered by archaeologists at a site near Silver Creek, about three miles south of Troy, Ill.The location is being called the Bostrom site after Peter Bostrom of Troy, who recovered some artifacts there and brought them to the Illinois State Museum.

Mike Wiant, curator of anthropology at the museum, said the items are among the best found in Illinois at sites dating back to the period right after the Ice Age and the Pleistocene Era, some 14,000 years ago.