The Tucson "Lead Crosses"
I do not necessarily agree with some of the statements in the article, by various people. I have discussed the subject of caliche formation with Dr. Cyclone Covey (mentioned in the article) and a few Geologists. From my research, the subject of the rate of deposit of caliche is still somewhat of a mystery. Some of the artifacts were buried under at least five feet of hard caliche. Dr. Covey has said in a communication to me: "Concerted efforts to discredit (the age of the find) have found no way to insert heavy lead objects up to 6 1/2 feet deep through caliche to lie flat, without fracturing the formation conspicuously" - communication March 26, 1999
I agree here with Dr. Covey. In the early days in Tucson, caliche deposits, sometimes called "desert cement" were a constant problem to those who needed to dig in the soil. (as they are today) Some of the "old timers" resorted to dynamite to break through the thick hard layers. I have personally used a jackhammer to dig holes large enough to plant small trees. (when I worked as a landscaper) here in Tucson. I find it hard to imagine that Timoteo Odohui buried 30+ heavy lead objects nearly six feet deep through solid caliche by himself, and then covered all the objects, simply to create a hoax. When the objects were excavated with University of Arizona supervision, It took a crew of several Mexican laborers using picks to forecefully hack their way down to the objects through the hard cement-like caliche. Also, some of the objects were personally witnessed to have been dug from undisturbed caliche and soil, by University of Arizona professors, . - Jack Andrews
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