This pottery fragment with a design that looks amazingly like the “curled-leaf” border found on some Turkmen ensi and main carpets was published today. It is part of a major news story because it comes from a hitherto unknown group of archaeological site located in a remote area of America. These sites were first found more than 50 years ago and, since then, have been kept quietly under wraps.
The owner of the 4,500 acre ranch in a very remote area of Utah found this shard and a host of other remains on his property and, to protect the integrity of his find and the people who inhabited this area long ago, never told anyone about it. Recently the now 75 year old rancher decided to “sell-out” and let the world know about his discoveries.
These sites belong to the Fremont culture that is considered by archaeologists as being the forbearer of many of the subsequent American Indian cultures and tribes.
These truly early Americans were hunters and gathers and the history of their occupation sites can be traced back to 4,500BC. At that time they were hunters and gatherers, while later they did develop simple agriculture and grew corn.
There are literally 100’s of site on this property, 225 have already been recorded. They offer the best evidence of the Fremont culture yet discovered. Plans are already in the works to find additional ones and to record the material finds. Some of these objects are lying on the ground and are in plain sight. Remains such as arrow heads, pottery and rock art panels have been recovered so far. One of these panels was etched with spirals and human figures with miniature hands shown among animal figures.
The design of the pottery fragment shown above bears such a strong relationship to the similar Turkmen icon that one can not help but harbor thoughts of some type of relationship between these very distant peoples. And, at the least, it proves the ancient history of this icon and its widespread dispersal.
No doubt more photographs of remains will be published now that this discovery has been made public and perhaps other highly interesting connections to the ancient Near Eastern and Western Asian cultures, who were indelibly involved in the development of the later cultures that produced the weavings known as Oriental rugs, will also emerge.