Geocacher Finds Rare Artifact

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Geocaching, Artifact, Prescott National Forest, Geocache

Dave Kurr, a resident of Scottsdale Arizona, was geocaching near the Pine Mountain Wilderness Area, in the Prescott National Forest, when he found a rare native American artifact.

Kurr left the artifact in place, untouched, noted the GPS coordinates, and reported the find to Kelley Ann Hays-Gilpin, an expert on Northern Arizona pottery who teaches archaeology at Northern Arizona University and is chair of anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The artifact was a clay jar, called a Tizon Wiped jar, was crafted by the Yavapai Indians. It's called a "wiped" jar because its maker wiped or scraped it with something like coarse grass or a corncob while it was still wet, Hays-Gilpin explained. That would help thin the walls evenly, provide a texture for easy gripping, and protect it against abrasion and thermal shock from repeated heating during cooking. Only a handful are known to exist.

It's important to note that disturbing or removing artifacts is a violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979. A first offense could be op to a $20,000 fine and a year in prison.

No word on if he found the geocache he was looking for.

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