March 13, 2008
In spite of accusations of plagiarism leveled several times against Jesse Walter Fewkes, he will forever be remembered for his dedication to preserving many ancient southwest ruins so future generations could appreciate them. His efforts resulted in the creation of several National Monuments including Honanki, Wapatki, Mesa Verde, Casa Grand and Navajo National Monument.
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Jesse Walter Fewkes, an ichthyologist turned ethnologist and a man accused more than once in his professional life of plagiarism, was the last of the 19th century archaeologists to pass through the Verde Valley.