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 Mine tunnel with religious offering.    Bed frame, broken and burned (bedding is most common tunnel offering). 

 

Above: Old US route 66 mother tunnel. 

 

 

 

 

 

Beds are common offerings throughout the Shoshonean world ---

these found in a Bannock Shoshone Indian graveyard in northern Idaho

 

 

 

 

Incongruous but consistent mine tunnel offerings: Burned baby blanket, burned baby mattress,  3 Campbell's soup cans (1 vegetable, 1 mushroom, 1 unknown), plastic milk carton, a cigarette pack and numerous beer, soda and food cans --- offerings all.

Mine tunnel to be left unnamed out of religious sensitivity

 

 

 

 

THE ODD COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS PICTURED BELOW ARE TYPICAL OFFERINGS OFTEN FOUND IN ABANDONED MINES USUALLY BROKEN AND BURNED

 

1) Car fender  2) Empty Budweiser carton.  3) Broken and burned Christmas tree stand.  4) Empty jug.  5) A broken and burned futon --- Offerings all. Olympus mine.

 

 

 

 

The Shoshoneans use old mine openings as entryways to the underworld where they leave their offerings.

Tunnel mouth offering: bureau mirror.  White Swan Mine Inyo Mtns..

 

 

A mine entrance with a wooden door from the inside looking out.  All visible items, especially the bed in the window are tunnel mouth offerings.

 

     No-name, wooden door mine,  Sacramento Mtns.

 

 

 

 

ALL BELOW ARE TUNNEL MOUTH OFFERINGS AT THE EXCELSIOR MINE #3

(fake name to protect religious sensitivity)

 

FEB 2001 looking out

Incongruous tunnel mouth offering.  Trash can killed Mimbres style (Two holes punched in its bottom).

 

 

 

 

 

SEPT  2002 looking in.

Look closely and you can see 5 or 6 more cans hidden in the rocks.  There are about 30 or 40 cans and bottles coming and going in this particular mine at all times.

 

 

 

 

NOV 2003 looking in

Same place in tunnel months later.

The coke carton in previous photo is replaced by two brand new Bud cartons.

 

 

 

 

JAN 2004 looking out

Three months later an air conditioner fragment appears.

A major, major incongruity.

 

 

 

 

 

SEPT 2005 looking in

Months later a Corona carton replaces the former Bud cartons.

 

 

 

 

SEPT 2005 looking out.

Pick up truck fender. Incongrous

 

The offerings move around like musical chairs.

 

 

Mar 2009 looking in

 

That's a religious offering below folks.

Check the ashes under the mattress and the blackened walls.

 

Rest stop for the ancestors as they exit the underworld.