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Gustaf Nordenskiold, a Swedish researcher who visited what has become Mesa Verde National Park 99 years ago, is honored in some quarters as the father of southwestern archaeology.

To others, he was a criminal who took important artifacts from the land where the Anasazi Indians lived and mysteriously disappeared 700 years ago.Now Bob Heyder, superintendent of Mesa Verde, hopes to get some of the artifacts taken by Nordenskiold, and now in the Finnish National Museum, returned to Mesa Verde temporarily.

Heyder also hopes to host a 100-year retrospective on Nordenskiold at Mesa Verde next year.

"We're hoping to put together a retrospective to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his visit" and the 1890s in general, Heyder said.