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Man Keeps Archaeological Wonder Safe and Hidden for 50 Years

Here’s a fascinating story about one of the most important finds in North America for years:

For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads and beads are still lying out in the open.

Hidden deep inside Utah’s nearly inaccessible Book Cliffs region, 130 miles from Salt Lake City, the prehistoric villages run for 12 miles and include hundreds of rock art panels, cliffside granaries, stone houses built halfway underground, rock shelters, and the mummified remains of long-ago inhabitants.

That guy’s dedication is nearly monastic. He’s the grail knight of modern antiquities.