Flagstaff. - Some human remains found last year near Colorado City could be an Amerindian of for at least 1,800 years, which officials said is rare. AP
Children who climbed with his mother in the hills outside of Colorado City near the border between Arizona and Utah discovered the remains last November. Mohave County Police sent the remains to a forensic doctor, who in turn sent to Amy Kelly McLaughlin, Flagstaff anthropologist who told authorities that appeared to be the remains of a prehistoric man.
Kelly McLaughlin said he knew immediately that the remains were prehistoric based on pigmentation of the bones because of where they were found and the heavy wear of the teeth, he said.
"In my experience is extremely rare, but it does not happen every day," the anthropologist said Tuesday, adding that begin calling the tribes with ties to the area to determine if you have a legal interest in the remains.
One of the closest Kaibab Paiute tribes are, having booked nearly 49,000 hectares (121,000 acres) in the area called Arizona Strip, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the. The anthropologist also contact the Hualapai, whose reservation is near the southern end of the canyon, and possibly the Hopi and other tribes of southern Utah.
The place where they found the remains indicates that the man could have been a nomadic tribe, he added. "They may have been migrating around and someone died and was buried in the place," said Kelly McLaughlin.
Children who found the remains said they first saw a bone out of the earth and thought it might be an animal, according to the police report Mohave. When they dug, they found a skull. The remains were accompanied by broken funerary objects.
Kelly McLaughlin said listening discovery of prehistoric remains in not associated with graveyards once a year or every 18 months zones. "We must take action, do the right thing and return the remains to the appropriate Native American tribe," he said.
Last June, the construction of a road that leads to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a gateway glass walking the Grand Canyon about 1,300 feet high, was arrested when they found a small group of bones near the edge of the track. Deborah Stevens, spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management, said Tuesday it was determined that the bones are prehistoric. Federal officials worked with the Hualapai Tribe to re-bury the remains in July and divert the road, he said.
Amerindian peoples and others used the area for thousands of years for farming, hunting, ceremonies and other activities.