U.S. Border Patrol agents have discovered multiple artifacts during a patrol in the rugged Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona.
Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that agents patrolling last week on foot south of Patagonia, Ariz., found an intact ancient pot and a piece of another pot. Officials say both items were made of clay and appeared weathered.
Agents notified U.S. Forest Service officials who then took charge of the artifacts.
U.S. Forest Service officials believe one pot could date back as much as 1,000 years.
Border Patrol agents receive training on environmental and cultural stewardship and sometimes find American Indian artifacts during patrols.
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