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The Truly Old Chicago

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Evidence of an "enormous" prehistoric Native American settlement is being unearthed in West Rogers Park as the Chicago Park District works to construct its 20-acre Rosehill Nature Preserve. The city paid $7.8M for the undeveloped chunk of Rosehill Cemetery, a plot that's sat untouched for centuries as agricultural disruption then urbanization altered the surrounding landscape. The archaeological treasure trove may date back millenia but at the very least predates European involvement in the region, and the artifacts are consistent with traces of the little-known settlement that have been turning up throughout the neighborhood for a century. [DNAinfo, previously]