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Mormon massacre graves

The graves of a group of men, women and children who were massacred by Mormons in 1857 may have been discovered.

Everett Bassett, an archaeologist from California, says he has discovered two grave sites.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre happened in southern Utah on 11 September 1857.

The dead were a part of the Baker-Fancher wagon train travelling from Arkansas to California.

After leaving Cedar City, the group was attacked by Mormon assailants with the aid of local Paiute Indians. They fended off the attacks for five days and were only persuaded to give up the fight when the Mormon militia offered them safe passage.

But they were betrayed and the militia killed them all, apart from 17 children under the age of seven.

 

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