Jessica visits Dr. Seth Hazlitt at the New Mexico archaeological dig paid by Gideon Armstrong, led by Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, on the site of an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold, to which story TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton holds the rights. Every evening an Indian ghost costume wearer sings on a cliff, till Armstrong's guards climb up scare him off, but on Jessica's second night Gideon's young wife Cynthia shoots at him and local Navajo Indian guide Raymond Two Crows -already found suspiciously uninformed about Pre-Columbian civilizations- falls to his death, although not hit by her bullet. After Jessica digs up a golden prayer stick, Seth finds Raymond actually died earlier of drowning. More gold is found, Gideon is determined to keep the news from spreading, according to his wife so he can buy the land first. Raymond's belongings inspire Jessica to unmasks several scammers.
Did You Know?
"Anasazi" actually means "ancient enemies" or "ancestors of my enemies." (In fact, many names of Indian tribes are a neighboring tribe's word for "enemy.") This may not be a Goof, because the Indian guide may have intentionally misled Dr Hazlett. See more
Jessica and the students are doing the archaeology dig entirely incorrectly. Artifacts are never removed from their location until they are measured, sketched, and photographed. See more
I don't suppose the road gets any better.
Raymond Two Crows
Nope. Gets worse.
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