A prehistoric refuse heap that marks an ancient settlement, chiefly containing bones, shells, and stone implements.
- Some of these kitchen middens are very valuable to archaeologists; they tell us a lot about the lives of our ancestors.
- If bones of animals are found in kitchen middens it is proof that they were eaten by people.
- Along the coast of Southern California are many kitchen middens, where ancient Californians tossed refuse from their dinners.
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