A new patch of earth has been discovered in the state of North Carolina that researchers say may be the site of a former human habitant.
The site is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Asheville and about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Greensboro, according to the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The discovery is the latest in a series of discoveries by scientists studying the state’s past.
The patch was discovered in 2015 by University of North Texas researchers who described it as a site where human activity may have been a significant factor in the evolution of plant life, the agency said in a statement.
The soil samples taken by the researchers found traces of organic matter, such as residues of bones and teeth, and a few animal remains, according the agency.
The team also found evidence of human activity, such a stone tool or charcoal tools.
The agency said that soil and soil-related items were found at a site that is part of the Stoney Patch, a collection of rock and soil near the town of North Fork, which is about 55 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Asheville.
A similar patch was also discovered in 2013 by University University researchers who said that the Stony Patch may have formed as part of an agricultural settlement.
Researchers hope the patch will help scientists understand how early humans adapted to living in the region and how humans could have brought about climate change, the state said in its statement.
Researchers also hope that the soil could help shed light on how humans evolved their complex social structures, including the use of fire to burn and gather wood.
Researchers plan to study the soil for the next few years.