Message #134:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Re: Coming to a Site Near You!!
Date: Tue, 07 May 96 14:52:00 MST
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From: Anita Cohen-Williams

Let's hear it for the purists!! ;-) !  Seriously, Towner's first article 
should not alarm people. Most, if not all, librarians can figure out that 
such a person's research is not academically-oriented, especially when that 
person insists that such-and-so treasure story is accurate.  I am currently 
dealing with one such person who claims that he represents a group of 
anthropology students interested in an "Apache storehouse" in the Caballo 
Mountains near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.  This character insists 
that an entire mountain is full of gold and silver treasure carried off by 
the Apaches from the missions they raided in the 15th century in New Mexico 
;-). One of the sites is owned by BLM, but he claims that his group owns the 
lower site. He also says that the Peralta Tablets led them to the site. When 
I delicately pointed out that: 1) there were no Apaches or Spanish missions 
in New Mexico in the 1400s; and, 2) the Peralta Tablets are a forgery, he 
came back with the "fact" that if it wasn't the Spanish treasure then it 
must be the Druids, or Vikings who were there first. No artifacts have been 
seen, and all there is is oral history, and an iron mine door.  The person 
also claims that his group is interested in saving the site from the further 
ravages of the U.S. Army, and that he is not really interested in the 
MOUNTAIN OF TREASURE. (Hah!!!).  After this sort of reference interview, 
most librarians can figure out real fast what the person is actually 
interested in and can steer them in other directions.

Anita Cohen-Williams; Reference Services; Hayden Library
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  85287-1006
Tel: (602) 965-4579              FAX: (602) 965-9169