January 18, 2010

Ancient Bones


We were hiking in the vicinity of Vernal, Utah, a few years ago, exploring the canyon walls for petroglyphs, when we came across some scattered bones.


We gathered the skeletal remains to examine them.  Steve often stops to glance at cow or elk bones for a quick I.D., but this time, the shape of the hip and ankle sockets held his interest.  The bones appeared to be human.



Though the bones looked quite old, we called the police department to report them, just in case.  A reporter, two policemen, and an archeologist all showed up and we led them to the scene.  Everyone eventually concurred that they were Fremont Indian remains that must have washed down from a cliff crevice. (This culture not uncommonly buried their dead in crevices.)
The Ute tribe was notified, and they said they would gather the remains and hold a ceremony.  

The event captured the interest of the reporter, and both local newspapers ran stories about it.  (News was probably slow that week.  In fact, news is pretty much always slow in the Uintah Basin...)

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37 comments:

  1. Beautiful snaps. Yo are part of great discovery.

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  2. Wow! That's pretty awesome. I bet you guys were pretty pumped about your find, how cool!

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  3. That's fantastic! What a great find! Great post for the day, Janie! Thanks for sharing the adventure! Give Daisy and Mischief a hug for me! And have a great week -- do let us know if you find anymore bones!!!

    Sylvia

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  4. Wow! You're now a part of history! Talk about Indiana Jones. :-) Very cool ...

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  5. Don't worry - my home town once had a collision between a milk float and a car (both going at around 5mph) as front page news. Your bones are much more newsworthy.

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  6. Wow, you had an interesting find. Great photos and post.

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  7. What an exciting find. Great pictures.

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  8. Janie that is so exciting...and to be in the paper also..thank you for sharing with us...

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  9. Janie - What an interesting story! I really think that is a newsworthy story - I'd sure rather read a great human-interest story than some of the other garbage that is reported!

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  10. that was very interesting--

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  11. Fascinating! We only find deer bones but I'm sure one of these days we'll find a corpse (living near one of the UK's major institutions for the criminally insane affects the imagination eventually ;-))

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  12. That is too cool! How very exciting for you!!!

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  13. I enjoyed it when you took me up there. I wish you still lived in Vernal, at least I got to see you sometimes!

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  14. I recall that on a college antropology field trip we made a similar discovery. I'm afraid our instructor did not handle it in such an ethical fashion.

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  15. How interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  16. This kind of news is way more interesting than some of the "information" we learn on the nightly news. :)

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  17. what an interesting story and find...

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  18. Never a dull moment with you two! =D What an interesting find.

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  19. Very cool ... especially that "hydrology" was involved (it washed down the gully). It goes to show that if you get out there, you'll find things that others would miss or would otherwise go unnoticed. Great job!

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  20. Neat Janie....I'm sure that was exciting--to find those bones. Steve became a celebrity---if for only a short time!!!!!!

    Great post. I really enjoyed it.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  21. This is absolutely fascinating! I don't think it was a slow news week -- I think some editor recognized a great story when he saw it.

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  22. What an amazing find Janie. Glad the remains were returned to the appropriate people.

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  23. What an amazing story! Glad the remains were returned for a proper burial.

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  24. what an interesting post this is and i love your header.

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  25. Wow!!! That's so interesting. Sounds like it was an exciting day for the two of you.

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  26. Wow, Janie, what a find. Your husband certainly made the news. What an interesting part of the world you live in.

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  27. something i sure would have liked to examine. interesting post janie.
    have a fab week.

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  28. Fascinating find and interesting info you've shared with your wonderful photos from your world.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  29. Very interesting!! I love stuff like this.... thanks for sharing.

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  30. Much more interesting than a lot of the so-called "news" about celebrities these days.

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  31. Very interesting and fascinating indeed. Great to know you part of it!

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  32. (Late Comment Post) - if i am not mistaken, i think i have watched this on our tv international news!

    You must be feeling proud of your discovery!

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