A few times a year a local resident will call our department and want us to investigate a piece of their property, to see if it has any cultural significance. Today we visited a large rock, that was used for grinding plants and possibly making tools. It was the largest rock of this kind I have ever seen, as most are hand held rocks. This was the size of a small table. It was really cool and rare. One of the perks to our department is that local people have someone to contact about such issues. Sometimes people just want to talk and other times they have some really valuable items/information. Once and in a great while, we get the mysterious “donation” of remains. A box shows up at our department, with a little note saying where the remains are from and apologies from the family. You never really know what each day will be like at work, but I like that.
Going over the CUI database yesterday, there is still so many museums to contact! That is another project that is to be immediately worked on, contacting these museums and getting the concrete yes or no from them. We have what we call “the letter”, a little joke in my office. This letter basically outlines the disposition process for a museum. We also include some Federal Register Notices of previous dispositions to add some cred ability to our case. When “the letter” goes out, it’s a good sign, because that means a museum is actually interested in what we have going on. Many times museums don’t even bother to call back or we get “we are waiting for the new regs” as a reply. I say, why wait for the regs, make a move now and be done with it. So there is going to be a big push in the next few months from us to get some answers!