Men Sentenced for Digging Up Anasazi Ruins

Men Sentenced for Digging Up Anasazi Ruins

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The three men accused of damaging an Anasazi archaeological site while digging for artifacts have been sentenced.

Donald Snowberger was sentenced to three months behind bars last week, followed by a year of probation. Phillip C. Morse and Woodard J. Cresswell were sentenced to three years probation, and all three were ordered to pay a total of 16-hundred 50-dollars in restitution.

The Moab men were indicted last September for damaging the Side Canyon Rock Shelter on Bureau of Land Management property in December 1998.

The indictment says the site consists of material remains of human life and activities dating back to the Basketmaker Period. The Utah State Historical Society says the Anasazi came to Utah around 400 A-D, bringing their basketmaker cultural traditions.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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