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Historical Society donors want their relics returned

March 5, 2013

A North Carolina woman who says artifacts loaned to Marietta’s Campus Martius Museum in 1967 are still missing is now urging support for an Ohio widow in a similar battle....

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Mar-06-13 2:44 PM

Yes, you are correct, the site photo link is not viable.

We are, very much, aware of the tenuous connection of any 'tribes' of today and two thousand, or more, years ago. If these 'tribes' would treat the artifacts with the proper respect due, unlike the current treatment they are receiving, then it would be easier for me to live with for them to have possession, then to continue to be treated like WE have to fight, for the very right, to make that decision.

These artifacts would not exist, now, if not for Ernest Sutton and his desire to make such irreplaceable finds available for study in the first place, instead of plowed into dust.

I think it is a matter of responsibility to uphold and agreement, here. Not that we should have to rationalize the return of what we LOANED.......

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Mar-06-13 1:38 PM

OhioNative, that image site is unavailable as written.

It's unfortunate that NAGPRA regulations do not have to be followed when excavations and exploration are on private land. Nearly all such discoveries are made on private land here as opposed to much of the land of some western states. Another difference is that in Ohio there are no reservations and no federally recognized tribes to return the artifacts.

You should be aware that the Ohio Historical Society and all museums, including Campus Martius sell (deaccession) donated items and frequently loaned items are among those items.

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Mar-05-13 12:04 PM

PHOTO OF THE MISSING ARTIFACTS FROM THE ROGERS MOUND II ****facebook****/photo.php?fbid=534107609952678&set=a.534107606619345.142905.534107493286023&type=1&theater

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Mar-05-13 10:57 AM

The artifacts excavated by Ernest Sutton will be turned over to the designated tribes, under NAGPRA, whenever they are returned to the family. A professional liaison has already been contacted, with this intention in mind.

ANY excavations done by Ernest Sutton were done with the utmost professionalism, and documentation. Articles, of each mound excavation, were published in the Ohio Archaeologist magazine. He made sure that the 'professionals' were kept informed throughout his years of work.

He was MORE professional than a lot of the professionals of that time. Documentation is available to prove this fact.

His excavations were into mounds that were already being destroyed by farm plowing. SO, in my eyes, he DID the right thing by saving the knowledge of these people from total destruction, not that he was the destroyer.

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Mar-05-13 9:30 AM

All the details of the Low discovery are not revealed,but am I the only one who is concerned about the facts of the Sutton discovery? The items were removed from a burial mound. Its one thing to dig up a mound for historic research, but the artifacts found should have been reinterred in the burial site when the research was completed. We don't dig up great grandma Jones or Uncle John and take the things that were buried with them. The people in the mound deserve the same courtesies.

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Mar-05-13 7:48 AM

My family thanks the Marietta Times Editor and Reporter for letting our fellow citizens of Ohio know the true story of the nearly fifty year quest to get our property returned.....

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Mar-05-13 7:46 AM

That would be "LOANERS" not Donors..... Please see 'Return the Low Adena Tablet' facebook page, and 'Adena artifacts Lost' facebook page......HELP US get the OHS to do the right thing.....

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Mar-05-13 7:39 AM

Museums aren't the only ones who lose loaned items. Marietta College is particularly bad at losing priceless artifacts. Over the years many have "walked away" from the campus. Very sad.

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Mar-05-13 7:12 AM

Moral to this story is [ Never give them anything]!

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