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Ancient Indian Settlement Found in Utah...

by Blake Cook / June 24, 2004 4:08 PM PDT
Ancient Indian Settlement Found in Utah...

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads and beads are still lying out in the open.

Archaeologists are calling it one of the most spectacular finds in the West.

Hidden deep inside Utah's nearly inaccessible Book Cliffs region, 130 miles from Salt Lake City, the prehistoric villages run for 12 miles and include hundreds of rock art panels, cliffside granaries, stone houses built halfway underground, rock shelters, and the mummified remains of long-ago inhabitants.

The site was occupied for at least 3,000 years until it abandoned more than 1,000 years ago, when the Fremont people mysteriously vanished.

What sets this ancient site apart from other, better-known ones in Utah, Arizona or Colorado is that it has been left virtually untouched by looters, with the ground still littered with arrowheads, arrow shafts, beads and pottery shards in places.

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Wouldn't it be nice
by Cindi Haynes / June 25, 2004 1:09 AM PDT

to keep this area preserved as Mr. Wilcox did?

Thanks for this link, Blake. So interesting!

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(NT) (NT) Hope it stays very inaccessible
by Diana Forum moderator / June 25, 2004 1:19 AM PDT
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