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Teen finds 1,000-year-old Indian burial in Salt Lake City backyard

Teenager Ali Erturk says discovery of ancient Indian burial in his Salt Lake City backyard was "eerie."
By Frances Burns   |   March 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM   |   Comments

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March 31 (UPI) -- A teenager digging a pond in his family's Salt Lake City backyard found an Indian burial that appears to be 1,000 years old.

Geoffrey Fattah of the state Department of Heritage and Art said the burial site will be examined by archaeologists. Experts will try to determine the gender and background of the skeleton.

"Humans have occupied this valley for up to 10,000 years," Fattah said. "We do run into situations where progress runs into the ancient past."

Fattah said the state Department of Indian Affairs will determine once it gets the scientists' reports whether the burial has links to existing tribes.

Ali Erturk told KUTV he was working on the hole with his father after a couple of weeks of hard digging Wednesday when he found part of a skull including the teeth and vertebrae. At first he thought he might have found the results to a modern crime.

"It was kind of eerie," he said.

Fattah said the department gets reports about six times a year of accidental discoveries of ancient Indian bones or artifacts.

[The Salt Lake Tribune]

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