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September 1, 2012

Pottery donated to Goodwill may be 1,000-year-old Native American artifact
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A piece of pottery given to Goodwill by an anonymous donor may in fact be a  prehistoric artifact taken from a Native American burial site in Oklahoma.

The mysterious piece of pottery traveled through Goodwill's internal distribution system before arriving in New York. Without realizing it's importance, Goodwill employees put it up for auction. The pottery received only two $4.99 bids before several people pointed out its potential historical value.

A note inside the 7.5-inch piece of pottery reads, "Found in a burial mound near Spiro Oklahoma in 1970."

"We're pretty amazed that the thing wasn't (a) broken or (b) just thrown out," said Jeremy Juhasz from Goodwill.

It's thought that the piece may have come from the Spiro Mounds archaeological site in Oklahoma. Spiro Mounds was a permanent settlement from 800 - 1450, but the area had been inhabited for 8,000 years.

Goodwill says it is returning the piece to the Caddo Indian Nation.

"Once we were alerted to what it was, there was no doubt that we were happy to donate it back to them," Juhasz said.

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