Air & Space, a publication by the Smithsonian Institution, recently wrote about DIA in a multimedia piece about “weird tales about airports and aircraft.” Specifically they magazine looks into the notion that the airport was built atop “ancient indian burial grounds.”
Some facts they get right, others not so much.
The author writes:
The rumor may have started, says the site, when the airport’s public art program began playing Native American chants on a continuous audio loop near the pedestrian bridge linking Concourse A and the Jeppesen Terminal building. To be safe, in April 1995, Native American spiritual leaders performed a night-time ceremony to put any ancient spirits to rest.
Laura Coale, the director of media relations at Denver International, confirms that blessings were done at the site, but notes that archaeologists surveyed the area before airport construction began, and found no traces of any burial grounds.
First off, the “night-time ceremony” they describe as happening in 1995 was hardly the first. In fact, the controversy surrounding the fact that some Native American tribes had utilized the land for spiritual purposes began long before the airport opened in 1994.
Need proof? Just check out this old photo obtained by The DIA Conspiracy Files showing Native American elders conducting a (day-time) prayer ceremony on the grounds that would one day become DIA..way back in 1991.
Secondly, the archeologists described by DIA rep Laura Coale did more than simply “survey” the area. They conducted full-on excavations. Photo proof exists for this, as well. Stay tuned for those….