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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Well, that is very cool!ReplyDelete
Beautiful snaps. Yo are part of great discovery.ReplyDelete
Wow! That's pretty awesome. I bet you guys were pretty pumped about your find, how cool!ReplyDelete
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!!!ReplyDelete
Wow! You're now a part of history! Talk about Indiana Jones. :-) Very cool ...ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Wow, you had an interesting find. Great photos and post.ReplyDelete
What an exciting find. Great pictures.ReplyDelete
Janie that is so exciting...and to be in the paper also..thank you for sharing with us...ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
that was very interesting--ReplyDelete
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 ;-))ReplyDelete
That is too cool! How very exciting for you!!!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed it when you took me up there. I wish you still lived in Vernal, at least I got to see you sometimes!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
How interesting! Thank you for sharing this!ReplyDelete
This kind of news is way more interesting than some of the "information" we learn on the nightly news. :)ReplyDelete
what an interesting story and find...ReplyDelete
Never a dull moment with you two! =D What an interesting find.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Neat Janie....I'm sure that was exciting--to find those bones. Steve became a celebrity---if for only a short time!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Great post. I really enjoyed it.
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.ReplyDelete
What an amazing find Janie. Glad the remains were returned to the appropriate people.ReplyDelete
What an amazing story! Glad the remains were returned for a proper burial.ReplyDelete
What an interesting discovery!ReplyDelete
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what an interesting post this is and i love your header.ReplyDelete
Wow!!! That's so interesting. Sounds like it was an exciting day for the two of you.ReplyDelete
Wow, Janie, what a find. Your husband certainly made the news. What an interesting part of the world you live in.ReplyDelete
something i sure would have liked to examine. interesting post janie.ReplyDelete
have a fab week.
Fascinating find and interesting info you've shared with your wonderful photos from your world.ReplyDelete
Hugs and blessings,
Very interesting!! I love stuff like this.... thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Much more interesting than a lot of the so-called "news" about celebrities these days.ReplyDelete
How absolutely fascinating.ReplyDelete
Wowee - interesting find!ReplyDelete
Very interesting and fascinating indeed. Great to know you part of it!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, that's so exciting!ReplyDelete
(Late Comment Post) - if i am not mistaken, i think i have watched this on our tv international news!ReplyDelete
You must be feeling proud of your discovery!