The title of the 1975 newpaper article suggested that Archaelogists were intriqued but that was and is incorrect. Archaelogists were not intrigued at all. They wanted no part of it in fact. Mr. Tucker who made the discoveries back in the mid-1970′s was 70 at the time and if he’s still alive, he is now 111 years old and has been waiting on intriqued “professional” archaeologists from the Smithsonian and/or the State of Oklahoma for about 41 years.
Evolutionists and other Genesis non-believers frequently ask for the evidence of this or that and I assume that at least some of them are asking in good faith. The problem is; they honestly believe that if there was evidence contrary to the current scientific paradigm of evolution over millions of years that this evidence would be catalogued, evaluated, investigated and discussed by ‘intrigued” scientists feverishly searching for “truth”.
In reality, no one in that fraternity wants to investigate anything that would tend to discredit or tarnish the paradigm; decisions or evaluations are made on this contrary evidence without getting off the couch and without having to actually see the evidence…..s8int.com
Mystery of Black Mesa Intrigues Archaeologists
Joplin Globe – August 11, 1975, Joplin, Missouri
Four states â€” Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas â€”corner near Black Mesa, which has yielded many relics of the ancient past, including the remains of dinosaurs and hairy mammoths.
But the newest find by R.Truman Tucker, 70-year-old retired rancher who has tramped the area all of his life, is mind-boggling in its possible scope.
Tucker has found what he believes to be human footprints in what looks like Dakota Sandstone, a cretaceous formation laid down during the age of dinosaurs. That, of course, is considered impossible by archaeologists and geologists who set man’s existence millions of years after the dinosaur age.
But Tucker and other students of the region say they are waiting for a qualified team of archaeologists and geologists to study the area where the footprints were found and lend .their expertise to an explanation.
“They have their answers and I have mine,” says Tucker.
“I’ve been contacted by someone from the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Natural History at Denver, but no one has ever showed up.”
The prints were first revealed in Oklahoma Today Magazine, a state publication featuring points of interest in the state. Reproduced from slides taken by Tucker, they graphically depict a variety of what appear to be human footprints in stone.
Bill Burchardt, editor of the magazine who has studied the Black Mesa region for a couple of decades, is among those who want a scientific determination of the significance of the stones.
“The more I work in that area, the more I am convinced that it is the cradle of civilization for North America Burchardt said.
It certainly is an interesting area. High in the northwest corner of the Panhandle, it rises to 4,978 feet above sea level. A plateau capped with lava left by a long extinct volcano, it’s the state’s highest mountain, yet is as flat on top as a Kansas prairie.
Tucker won’t tell anyone the location of the prints, except to say they are on another personâ€™s property.
â€¦â€¦State Archeologist Don Wykoff, head of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey team based at the University of Oklahoma, suggests several possible explanations for the prints. He said that natural sand exposures, laid down by ancient oceans, sometimes contain concentrations of oxides which weather and leave “funny little spots,” which may resemble hand or foot prints.
Or, he said, they may have been left by animals from the dinosaur age, which scientists place at 70 million to 80 million years ago. Although stressing that he hasn’t seen the prints, he indicated the idea of human footprints in cretaceous stone was ludicrous on its face.
Asked if he was interested in sending an archaeologist to the area to examine the stones, he said he was “if we would be out there in that area” and arrangements could be made with Tucker. “We don’t have anything planned for being out there at present.”
Tucker, who lives at Kenton Oklahoma’s most northwestern town, isn’t the only one to have seen the prints. Mrs. Harold Kachel of the No Man’s Land Museum at Panhandle State College said she has seen them and “they make you wonder.”
“You can see the formation of what appears to be a human footprint in stone,” she said.
Tucker, who has contributed a good many relics to the museum at Goodwell, including dinosaur bones, is convinced of one thing: the prints are from â€œhumans and not animals.
One is about the size of my number nine oxford, he said.