A trove of looted artifacts, five years after BLM raids in Utah

30 Jun 2014 1:51 PM | Anonymous

A trove of looted artifacts, five years after BLM raids in Utah

Years after defendants surrendered their collections, the feds are caring for artifacts bound for repatriation with tribes.

First Published Jun 29 2014 01:01 am • Updated 3 hours ago

One of the nation’s most extensive and valuable troves of American Indian artifacts fills a nondescript warehouse in the Salt Lake Valley, where federal curators are preserving pottery, cradle boards, projectile points, hand tools, pendants, grinding stones and thousands of other items illegally removed from ancestral Puebloan sites in the Four Corners region.

When the Bureau of Land Management raided the homes of antiquities collectors in Blanding and other towns in 2009, it was bent on ending the looting of ancient graves and ruins on the Colorado Plateau.


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