1950s prankster baited scientists with his homemade ‘artifacts’

As Jack Daniel Stirling’s granddaughter looks at his basketweaving, David Bailey, curator of history at the Museum of the West and director of the Western Investigations Team, examines one of Stirling’s carved heads while comparing it to a photocopy of another that was pictured in a Daily Sentinel story decades ago.



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As Jack Daniel Stirling’s granddaughter looks at his basketweaving, David Bailey, curator of history at the Museum of the West and director of the Western Investigations Team, examines one of Stirling’s carved heads while comparing it to a photocopy of another that was pictured in a Daily Sentinel story decades ago.

Jack Daniel Stirling, somewhere, somehow, is smirking. Stirling, a World War II veteran who died in 1965, had the deft hands of an artist, the imagination of a novelist and the boldness of a…




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