Cosmetic Jar Thought to Be Amelia Earhart's
Photo credit: TIGHAR
May 31, 2012 - The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has recovered a small, broken cosmetic jar from the small atoll it believes was Amelia Earhart's final resting place. According to a Discovery News report, the jar's shape is almost identical the container used to package Dr. C. H. Berry's Freckle Ointment in the early 20th century. This ointment was marketed as a way to make freckles fade. Earhart was known for having freckles and strongly disliking them.
Archeological efforts are centered on Nikumaroro Island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. One prominent theory regarding Earhart's mysterious disappearance in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world is that her plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. TIGHAR's new discovery has provided a more specific scenario for Earhart's disappearance.
The jar and other artifacts recovered on and around Nikumaroro Island provide strong evidence of a human castaway presence and have encouraged TIGHAR to further delve into their search for Earhart's remains in this area.