Landowner Wants To Sell Artifacts

SALT LAKE CITY?A Utah landowner wants to sell off the artifacts in an ancient Anasazi ruin, infuriating some archaeologists who say there’s no way to put a price on the relics.

For $2,500 per day, souvenir hunters and aspiring archaeologists can spend the day digging at 1,000-year-old Montezuma Village in San Juan County, keeping whatever they find. It’s not illegal, because the state’s antiquities preservation law doesn’t apply to private land.

“It’s the most sickening thing I have ever run across,” said Ray Matheny, a professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University who studied the site 40 years ago. “It’s plundering the past in the worst way.”