WASHINGTON—A team of leading archaeologists announced Monday they had
uncovered the remains of an ancient job-creating race that, at the peak
of its civilization, may have provided occupations for hundreds of
thousands of humans in the American Northeast and Midwest.
According to researchers, these long- forgotten people once
flourished between western New York state and Illinois, erecting highly
distinctive steel and brick structures wherever they went, including
many buildings thought to have held hundreds of paid workers at a time.
"It's truly fascinating—after spending a certain number of hours
performing assigned tasks, the so-called 'employees' at such facilities
would receive monetary compensation that allowed them to support
themselves and their families," said archaeologist Alan H. Mueller,
citing old ledgers and time-keeping devices unearthed at excavation
sites in the region. "In fact, this practice seems to have been the norm
for their culture, which consisted of advanced tool users capable of
exploiting their skills to produce highly valued goods and services."
"It's a complex and intriguing set of rituals we're still trying to
fully understand," Mueller added. "But it appears as if their entire
society was centered around creating, out of thin air, actual jobs that
paid an actual living wage."