Teaming Up to Record Rock Imagery

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Utah SHPO, URARA, and Logan Simpson Team Up to Record Rock Imagery in Central Utah Written by Tina Hart, archaeologist at Logan Simpson Design Robert Van Orden, a member of the Utah Rock Art Research Association  (URARA), traveled more than 900 miles to participate in a project to assist the …

What is historic in West Valley City and Kearns?

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By Langston Guettinger, Historic Preservation Specialist/Architectural Historian at Logan Simpson Design Only in the last twenty years has popular culture come to reevaluate midcentury American architecture with the advent of programs like The Incredibles or Mad Men. Previously, buildings of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s were described as “sterile” or …

UPAN Pledge 2021 Week 3 Resources

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The following guides are just some of the amazing artifacts that are common to Utah! Each guide will show you some of the specific information an archaeologist can gain from a specific artifact. We also have a video about visiting sites like an archaeologist. Click a link below to jump …

UPAN Pledge 2021 Week 2 Resource

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This interactive map has all sorts of sites that you can visit! You can filter by historic, prehistoric, or even museums! Or you can activate all layers to see just a taste of the places Utah has to offer. Want to learn more about how to protect these places? Check …

A Colorful History: Black Rock’s History and Graffiti Woes

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Christopher W. Merritt, Ph.D. Utah State Historic Preservation Officer  It is unclear when the first human laid eyes upon the geological oddity now called “Black Rock” on the southern shores of the Great Salt Lake. But it was likely a Native American from the Paleoindian or Early Archaic period, evidence …

Climbers and Archaeology

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By Elizabeth Hora, Public Archaeologist at the Utah Division of State History Within the space of two weeks, I have heard reports of more than four sites (all rock imagery!) damaged by spray paint, climbing chalk, and now bolting. That’s quite a lot for the first sunny weekend of the …

Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month 2021

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Welcome to Utah’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month! Every year the Utah State Historic Preservation Office rounds up the very best events so that YOU can get to know the prehistory and history of our state! Check out our Event Calendar for the full listing of our events, but here …

Steward Spotlight: Darrell and Marty Thomas

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For this, our first ever Site Steward Spotlight, we will be spotlighting not one, but two dedicated Site Stewards. Marty and Darrell Thomas are a dynamic stewarding duo with 20 years of professional and avocational archaeological experience under their belts. This includes helping to organize their first site stewardship program …

Calling All Students!

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The Utah Professional Archaeological Council is having it’s winter meeting, and Saturday is a special presentation just for Utah’s students! If you want to learn more about what it takes to be an archaeologist, what kinds of things archaeologists in Utah study, or if you just want to learn something …

Sneak Peek at Utah’s Cultural Site Steward Program

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Thanks for your interest in the Utah Cultural Site Stewardship Program (UCSS) managed by the Utah Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).. If you’re here, you probably already know that Utah’s archaeological sites are under threat of damage from human and natural causes, and you may already be familiar with what site …