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6/18/2013 3:19:00 PM
Possible historic burial site found on new Skywalk road
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Workers have found a possible historic burial site in the right of way of the new Diamond Bar Road.

Kingman Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Ruben Sanchez confirmed that a site was encountered on public land and the office is working closely with the Hualapai Tribe.

Construction has temporarily halted in the area where the remains were uncovered by a road grader Monday, but authorities say work on the rest of the roadway is continuing.

It is unknown if the site is one of the eight archeological sites listed in a 2002 U.S. Bureau of Land Management environmental impact statement for the new Diamond Bar Road.

The study describes one of the eight sites as "one of the most significant cultural resources in this part of the Southwest." The study states that the site contains artifacts from the ancestors of several Native American tribes and European settlers. It is also close to an area that is held sacred to the Hualapai people.

Nigel Turner, the owner of Grand Canyon Ranch, said there are several archeological sites in the area of Diamond Bar Road.

He said that shortly after he bought the ranch in 2001, he found human remains that had been uncovered by winter rains. The site was inspected by the Mohave County Medical Examiner's Office and determined to be the grave of a Native American.

Turner said he called the Hualapai Tribe, which sent members to bless the area and rebury the remains.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

strange, is this an omen? Perhaps this is an attempt to comunicate the validiity of diamond bar road and the non payment to Jin. It is begining to sound like the tribe is not taking care of ...............

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Oops! Guess all work stops til they figure out what it is.

Hmmm...maybe they can use Mr Turners road.....

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