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CASS COUNTY, Ill. — A group of college students found the remains of an ancient civilization in Central Illinois.

In a cornfield near the Sangamon River students from Indiana University helped uncover a Native American village.

Experts believe it dates back to the mid 1100’s.

Remote sensing allowed them to carefully pinpoint how far this village reaches and also a way to find artifacts.

Indiana Archaeology Professor Jeremy Wilson said, “Arrow heads or what we refer to projectile points. Different types of pottery, so from storage pots to cooking pots, to plates and bowls. The same thing you would find in your cupboards today.”

Archaeologists say it’s one of the biggest discoveries in the Illinois River Valley.