The Child Identified

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The remains of the child seen in the “Roswell slides” has been identified as one that was once located at the Mesa Verde National Park. The following text was discovered by the Research Group after the placard de-blurring in an article in the Mesa Verde Notes (September 1938, Volume VIII, Number 1) that was published by the National Park Service

“A splendid mummy was received by the Park Museum recently when Mr. S.L. Palmer Jr. of San Francisco returned one that his father had taken from the ruins in 1894. The mummy is that of a two year old boy and is in an excellent state of preservation. At the time of burial the body was clad in a slip-over cotton shirt and three small cotton blankets. Fragments of these are still on the mummy.”

The full text of the article can be found at the National Park Service History website.

Here is a statement from Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum sent to Research Group member Isaac Koi:

“Recently we’ve received inquiries based on internet reports concerning the ancient remains of a human child which used to be on display in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. We consulted with our National Park Service colleagues, who gave us this guidance: Out of respect for this child and his/her family, it was taken off public display many years ago. Although it was common practice in the past to display human remains in museums, we now try to treat them with the same respect we give to our own family members who have passed away.

There are many historical reports in the public domain of human remains that were recovered from various archeological sites in the Southwest in the early years. Interested readers can research authors like Dr. Jesse Walter Fewkes of the Smithsonian Institution and Gustav Nordenskiold. It’s important to remember that, regardless of how the remains were treated at the time of recovery, each was someone’s parent, child, and/or sibling. All should be treated with respect.”


The Child Identified — 3 Comments

  1. Oh my! I guess that’s not an alien body at all! (Ya know, I doubted it all along, but of course I didn’t know for sure . . .). Thanks for your work, Roswell Slides Research Group!

    • Thank you, Owen. As a filmmaker with law and history degrees, I only play a scientist on the Internet! ;-)

      Fortunately, we had real scientists in the group.


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