Thursday, October 14, 2010


Posted Sep 27, 2009, 08:49:11 PM
Disturbing comment: "just might be a pile of rocks,gold, arrowheads, bones, dontknow dirt .dig it up i wanna see."
(but someone else writes in:
"if a site is found that may be an Indian grave yard,  mark it on a map and send information to the site listed below and this will help them rediscover lost sites of there ancestors. there is a lot of good info on here"

Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky
Welcome to the official site of the Southern Cherokee Nation. We are Cherokee
citizens of the Great Hill located in Henderson Kentucky. 

 Looters are pillaging Native American burial grounds to finance their meth habits

By Nicholas Phillips

published: March 24, 2010

 "We've gone into meth houses, and we'll literally find tubs of arrowheads."

"Picking up an arrowhead or digging a small hole on federal property might lead to a citation, but looting that causes damage in excess of $500 is a felony. Donaldson contacted the U.S. attorney's office, which listed the evidence they'd need for a felony conviction: a video of Jones excavating the material, then pocketing it and returning home. "You've got to be kidding me," Donaldson thought...
He shot enough incriminating video of Jones to secure a search warrant. When federal and state agents raided Jones' residence the next day, they discovered thousands of artifacts stored in old ammunition boxes, coolers and paint buckets. Archaeologists later determined that 900 artifacts came from the refuge. A third of these were stone tools left by Native Americans that no human hands had likely touched since about 1,000 B.C., or earlier, the scientists reported.
But authorities also seized an additional 12,000 Indian artifacts of uncertain origin. Among these were needles and hooks made from animal bone, clay figurines, pottery shards and something more unsettling: fragments of human skulls, femurs, jaws and teeth.
"It was particularly disturbing that there was no hesitation picking up human remains," says Tim Santel, a Fish and Wildlife special agent...
Deep in the Ozark Mountains, where authorities say the methamphetamine epidemic is again gaining steam, addicts known as "twiggers" (tweakers who dig) have been mining rock shelters and caves for anything of value — possibly even skeletal remains. The weird nexus between looting and meth has been noted by experts for several years, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Today, these shady characters are leaving their footprints in America's heartland.
"What's really frustrating is that archaeological sites are nonrenewable," says Neal Lopinot, a Missouri State University archaeologist. "Once they're destroyed, that's it. They're gone."

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