posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 08:42 AM
Originally posted by FredT
In doing research for the Area 51 project, I stumbled upon this job posting for Edwards AFB. It is for a Range Rider that patrolls the base, and helps
keep out intruders etc. But its not a security guard position, part of the job requires experience in antropology and describes protecting "Sites"
Thank goodness!!!! It's unbelievable what people will do to unprotected sites!
Having visited the Canyon De Chelly last winter and become facinated with the Anasazi, is it possible that the ultimate resting spot of thier
civilization is hidden somewere in the Nellis / Area 51 Range?
No. They simply moved out of the area under the pressure of the droughts. Their descendants are still around, in fact. Some of them became the
...and other Puebloan groups:
Why would the military be looking for people to protect sites from looters?
This actually has to do with the relations between the local tribes and the military. You see the same thing in California, where (as an example)
some of the Chumash sites are on military bases. They have had to come to legal agreements with the Chumash so that the tribespeople have access to
their culturally significant sites and the military has its lands as well. It's a fairly recent development -- as recently as 20 years ago, one
culturally valuable canyon in California (lots of petroglyphs) was part of a bombing target range.
Why would you need people with archeology experience?
To identify and survey and professionaly preserve the site and work with people who want access to it. Since they're also talking
burials/houses/artifacts, they want someone who knows a knapped flint from a shattered stone. There's a lot of stuff on a site that may look
insignificant to you but that tells a big story to an archaeologist. ("burned rock" that shows where people built fires is one good example. It
takes a lot of looking before you learn what it looks like (I've been on one dig, and am slowly learning this stuff.))
Could the military be hiding clues about the ultimate fate of the Anasazi?
No. The flint and pottery technology of a people who migrated after a long drought aren't of interest to the military.