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Passport in Time: Terrace, Utah

May 17 - May 23

The Utah Division of State History, in association with the Salt Lake City BLM and Cannon Heritage, are hosting a Passport in Time (PIT) project out on the Transcontinental Railroad! With help from volunteers, they will investigate the town of Terrace – a railroad town that was home to some of the Chinese railroad workers who were integral to the completion of the Transcon.
The primary goals of the 2020 Terrace PIT project are to acquire additional data related to existing spatial relationships among the various entities that occupied Terrace in the late 19th century, learn more about the economics of life at Terrace, and finally, evaluate the potential for buried deposits that may shed light on these questions. The field methods employed to obtain these data and achieve these goals include surface inventory, ground penetrating radar, and x-ray fluorescence.
Surface inventory will entail volunteers systematically walking the site and identifying artifacts of interest, mapping their location, photographing them, and providing a brief description. All of this information will be compiled into a site map that will be used to better define activity areas, structure locations, and domestic and commercial areas. These data will provide a basis for thorough and accurate interpretations of the site as well as helping to delineate portions of the site worthy of additional testing.
Advanced technology in the form of Ground Penetrating Radar and X-ray fluorescence will also be employed. Ground Penetrating Radar is a type of remote subsurface testing that is geared toward gathering data about buried deposits worthy of additional investigation. X-ray fluorescence is a technique that allows the elemental composition of certain types of artifacts to be identified. This information can be helpful in learning where these artifacts, or the raw materials used to produce them, may have originated. These data can be used to reconstruct socioeconomic patterns, thus contributing to the broader interpretation of the site. Volunteers will assist professionals trained in the use of these technologies in data collection and interpretation. There is much to learn and see during the course of this project, so we hope to see you this spring!
Number of openings:10
Special skills:No special skills required
Minimum age:18 years old
Facilities:Housing for volunteers will be provided by the BLM at the Rosebud field station (dormitory style housing: hot/cold running water, restroom/shower, bunk beds); water and meals provided by BLM; volunteers responsible for own bedding and transportation to and from initial meeting location
Nearest towns:Snowville, UT; ~70 miles; Tremonton, UT, ~100 miles
Applications due:March 9, 2020