Missouri Cave with Ancient Native American Drawings Sold

A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.”

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This undated photo provided by Alan Cressler shows a Missouri cave featuring artwork from the Osage Nation dating more than 1,000 years was sold at auction on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. The art inside "Picture Cave" shows humans, animals and mythical creatures. Experts who have studied the cave were concerned about the auction, but the director of the auction company said protections are in place to prohibit the new buyer from exploiting the cave, including a Missouri law that makes doing so a crime. (Alan Cressler via AP)
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O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.” A bidder agreed to pay $2.2 million to private owners for what’s known as “Picture Cave,” along with the 43 hilly acres that surround it near the town of Warrenton, about 60 miles…

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