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Archaeologist says Native American artifacts found near Iowa fertilizer plant site

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MONTROSE, Ia. (WGEM) -

MONTROSE, Ia. (WGEM) - An archaeologist says Native American artifacts have been found on the southeastern Iowa farmland where an Egyptian company hopes to build a billion dollar fertilizer plant.

Pottery and stone tools around 1,000 years old have been found in clusters on the site near Wever.

(See "New $1 billion fertilizer plant could bring 165 jobs to Lee County")

The archaeologist says a consultant is studying whether any of those areas may qualify for federal protection.

If they do, he says Orascom would be required to pay for a "full-blown excavation" before construction continues.

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