Feds Investigate Handling of Ancient Remains

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether a long-retired superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument committed any legal violations in his handling of ancient tribal remains that ended up in his garage.

The investigation is separate from a scandal involving another superintendent who oversaw $3 million in illegal construction projects that damaged the northeastern Iowa site, which features 200 burial and ceremonial mounds. But it’s become another headache for the National Park Service.

The case started in 2011 when former superintendent Tom Munson reported that he had a box filled with bone fragments in the garage of his Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, home and returned them. Those artifacts had once been part of the monument’s collection.

Munson’s attorney, Leon Spies, says Munson is cooperating with an inquiry being handled by federal prosecutors.

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