Colorado’s Mesa Verde

From Kevin Simpson at The Colorado Sun:

When Swedish researcher Gustaf Nordenskiöld arrived at Mesa Verde in 1890 and surveyed the ancient cliff dwellings, he seemed to have the best of intentions. 

But his subsequent efforts to meticulously — and urgently — unearth and catalog the human remains and artifacts of the tribes who once inhabited the area unfolded in a period of rampant excavation, a busy black market for antiquities and scarcely any regard for the cultural significance of the objects rediscovered in southwest Colorado.

Read more: More than a century ago, a European visitor took more than 600 Native American remains and artifacts from Colorado’s Mesa Verde

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