Photo: US Customs and Border Patrol found rare artifacts
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents discovered multiple artifacts during the last few months while patrolling in remote, rugged mountain areas west of the city.
In late February, Ajo Station agents patrolling on foot found what they believed was an ancient bowl. The “bowl” was actually an olla used to store water and keep it cool in the shady alcove where the discovery was made. The clay olla displayed a weathered exterior that helped it blend in with the environment inside the alcove.
Following the discovery, agents notified Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument officials who then took charge of recovering the artifact for further study at a local National Park Service facility.
In March, Tucson Sector agents working in the same mountains located similar artifacts hidden in the entrance of a natural cave. Agents documented the discovery by taking photographs. The information was then provided to OPCNM for removal and preservation of the artifacts.