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Reporter Michele Nelson and John Dryer emerge from a limestone cave overlooking Tonto Basin that harbors stone walls built centuries ago by the Mogollon.

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Searching for the Ancient Ones

44 miles of Jeep drivin’ and a Marine with a big laugh reveal secrets of the ancients

John Dryer’s voice fills any room he enters, backed by a personality bigger than an Arizona sky. He has lived in Tonto Basin for almost half a century, so when he promised to reveal an ancient mystery, I couldn’t resist.


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