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fye Coconino Sun.
AN ANCIENT BURYiNC CROUND. I
What it Yielded up to Prospector (or
Relic of Antiquity.
John Love, of Flagstaff, who devotes
a portion of his timo each year to pros
pecting ancient ruin and burying
ground?, recently made some very
valuablu discoveries on Oak Creek.
Ho discovered an ancient burying
ground from which lie dug up over
fifty skeletons, and a very largo amount
of ancient pottery, a portion of the
latter being In a well pcrserved condi
tion. One of the skull-unearthed was
a great euriosity and had evidently be
longed to a human freak of the ancients
who inhabited that country. It mens
u red eighteen inches from the point of
the jaw or chin to the Kip of the skull.
The jaw bone wan fully four inches
wide and the skull alone might easily
be mistaken for that of some animal.
Ah the bones of the liody however were
found with It, Mr. Line says there can
be no mistake alriut its belong
ing to that of a human. A great deal
of the pottery, anil particularly the
larger pieces of it, crumbled on being
excised to the air. Suuie of it was
uniisally large, In fact much larger
than anything before discovered in
this section, but it was found Impossible
to save them although rucovered in
fairly good condition. A two handled
jug and several small Iwwib were well
preserved. One of the Ixiwls was ex
ceptional, as in holding it up between
the lingers and then by tlniMping it
with a linger it had the ring of a
genuine piece of modern China ware.
Another well preserved curiosity
recovered was a dipper which was per-
FLAGSTAFF, DKCBMBKH 31, 1608.
feet. It wan made of some black
material, very much resembling slate
I and in scratching it the sound produced
was simulant) that of scratching slate.
! The handle was hollow and very hard.
Mr. Love sold this dipper for 23. and
values the articles taken out in two
days' work as being worth over $10J.
Among other things found weie ar
row heads innumerable, a spear noin,t
seven and a half Inches long, it lot of
marlin spikes of, various lengths and
some p.ilnt, which also was well pre
served, a hat woven out of lieai- grass.
and u small plcet! of woven cloth, ap- "
patently it blanket.
Ancient ruins were found on a bluff
alKiut twohundred feet above the' bury
ing ground. The latter w.is underneath
some projecting roolcs which jutted out
from the almost perpendicular walls of
tho mountain side, but which had be jn
filled in unci covered mor until thee
projecting rooks could not lie set-n.
Mr. Love in unking his explorations
dug luck about twenty-live feet and
has not yet readied the wall or rocks
against the .uouutain. .lonrnal-Miiier.
His Name Not Jonci.
Hon. Win. I mux and family, and the
family of Supervisor Ed Imus, have
gone to Phoenix to teside until after
the iOth legislature has convened and
adjourned. The reason he goes early is
that he wants to put In a little time
hunting up those editors and publish
ers who have been calling him JonVt
since the election. Hill reels a little
worked up over this Jones business
and it 1b safe to say that the newspaper
fraternity will loose several of its brill
iant mcmlH-rs in the course of the next
'two weeks. Mineral wealth.