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PROVO | The Utah state archaeologist has determined the age of three mystery skulls mailed to Brigham Young University.

KSL-TV reported the skulls were determined to be from about 1100 to 1300 A.D. That fits with the early suspicions of investigators that the skulls might be ancient artifacts.

The skulls will be turned over to Utah’s American Indian leaders. The skulls were delivered to BYU’s history department last month in a box labeled with a Montana return address. University police say they don’t know why the skulls were sent to BYU.


Tudors to fight over will in court

MONTPELIER | A 2½-year-old probate battle involving the heirs of children’s book author and illustrator Tasha Tudor goes to trial Monday, with her adult children fighting over the legitimacy of the will controlling her $2 million estate.

At issue: Whether Tudor was unduly influenced when she rewrote it to give nearly everything to her oldest son.

Tudor, who quit school after the eighth grade, won a worldwide following with her whimsical watercolors and drawings in “Pumpkin Moonshine,” “Corgiville Fair,” and “Little Women,” among nearly 100 children’s books she illustrated or wrote. She died in 2008 of complications from a series of strokes.

Her 2001 will requested that her cremated remains be buried with her beloved Corgis and the ashes of her pet rooster. It left her copyrights and most of her assets to sons Seth Tudor and Thomas Tudor and Seth’s son, Winslow Tudor, giving only $1,000 each to daughters Bethany Tudor and Efner Tudor Holmes. But an amended 2002 version cut out Thomas, save for an antique highboy, because of his “estrangement.”

Thomas Tudor, of Fairfax, Va., contends his brother wielded undue influence over their mother and there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the changes in the will. Seth Tudor’s lawyer, Richard Coutant, said there is no evidence his client had any role in the preparation of either version of the will.

From wire dispatches and staff reports