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Native Americans Were First Residents of US Capital Area


January 27, 2020

During his time as president of the United States, Gerald Ford decided to build an outdoor swimming pool at the White House. National Park Service workers examined the ground where the pool would be built. They found Native American artifacts, evidence of the people who lived in Washington, D.C. up to 1,000 years ago.

“Very little is known about the earliest Native Americans in Washington, say from 12,000 to 16,000 years ago,” said Ruth Trocolli. She is the city archaeologist for the District of Columbia (D.C.). She works to identify and protect the city’s archaeological treasures.


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