Sunday, July 13, 2008

Feds refuse to share data on mystery remains
An aging American Indian with rotting teeth and arthritic joints sat down and died in the Utah desert outside Escalante with a musket, ammunition and a bucket. Blowing sand covered his corpse for more than a century before a hiker stumbled across it last year.

This is the likely scenario of how a nearly complete skeleton, dubbed "Escalante Man" in BLM documents, came to be buried a few hundred paces off Highway 12 in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. What remains a mystery is why a dozen FBI agents excluded archaeologists from its April 16 excavation, treating the site as a crime scene rather than the historic site many believe it clearly was. "It's an ongoing investigation.

Odd that. Doesn't seem like anything terribly mysterious about the remains or the artifacts. I worked with Matovich in Egypt one season and she's good at what she does. I'm-a-gonna see if she has any further info. . . .

UPDATE: Jeanette reports. . .basically nothing since it's an ongoing criminal investigation. She did, however, forward a link to the SLT comments page on the story. Nothing terribly interesting in the comments though.