The skull was on display in a display case at a thrift store in North Fort Myers. Its price? $4,000 (more than €3,700). “I thought if I made it expensive enough, no one would want to buy the skull,” store owner Beth Meyer said. Washington Post.
“There was already suspicion.”
Mayer suspected that the skull might be real, because she had worked with fossils before. She thought Halloween, which has always been greatly celebrated in America, was a great opportunity to put the skull in the store.
Last weekend, the piece was still there when the anthropologist got to work. He immediately saw that it was a real skull and probably suspected that it was a very ancient specimen. The anthropologist along with Mayer called the police.
It’s illegal to sell human remains in Florida, but police don’t seem too concerned about that this time. There is no doubt about a suspicious situation, officers write in a letter Facebook.
“Among a lot of strange rubbish.”
Mayer discovered the skull last year in a garage that had been sold to her by a sick man. “He said there were a lot of stones, one of my specialties. But there was no stone, just a lot of strange rubbish and a lot of books. I was disappointed.”
The store owner describes the skull’s discovery in The Washington Post as “very exciting.” If the anthropologist is right and the brain actually belongs to a Native American, she may have to hand it over.
The law in the United States requires that these human remains be returned to their descendants.
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