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BLM To Honor NM Teens Who Found Artifact

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File photo of ancient pottery (Photo Credit: STAN HONDA / AFP / Getty Images)

File photo of ancient pottery (Photo Credit: STAN HONDA / AFP / Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico seventh-graders who stumbled upon what is believed to be a 900 years old American Indian pot are set to be honored.

Officials with U.S. Bureau of Land Management are scheduled Tuesday to publicly thank students at Sandia Prep for properly notifying federal authorities after discovering the artifact during a field trip last month in Cibola County.

The students and their teacher left the pot alone and contacted authorities.

BLM archeologists later removed the pot and estimated the age to be between 800 to 1,000 years old.

Donna Hummel, a spokeswoman for the BLM, said federal officials will thank the students at a school assembly for “doing the right thing.”

No pictures of the pot have been made available.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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