The Looters Next Door

Posted by: Keith Kloor  :  Category: pothunters

I’ve recently spent a lot of time reporting in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. When this blog goes dark for a few days, it’s usually because I’m on assignment somewhere in the backcountry, or frantically trying to meet a magazine deadline.

So one of the stories I’ve been working on is about archaeology and pothunters. Several weeks ago, I wrote this piece for Science magzine about a recent, high-profile case. One of the more tortured and fascinating characters in this ongoing saga is an archaeologist named Winston Hurst, who lives in Blanding, Utah. Hurst is highly respected among his peers and he lives in a town notorious for pothunting. Somehow he’s walked this delicate tightrope for decades. An interview I conducted with him last month is now up at Archaeology magazine. As the headline indicates, it’s about how he lives among “the looters next door.”

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2 Responses to “The Looters Next Door”

  1. Kloor Interviews Hurst « Gambler’s House Says:

    [...] Kloor links to an interview he did recently with Winston Hurst, the local archaeologist in Blanding, Utah.  [...]

  2. Collide-a-scape » Blog Archive » Collide-a-scape >> Looting Says:

    [...] mostly resulted in either plea deals or very light sentences after conviction.  Keith has done some reporting on this issue, including an interesting interview with Winston Hurst, an archaeologist from [...]

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