Now Open!

The Native Heritage Exhibit, a new area of Frontier Homestead State Park & Museum, will allow visitors the chance to experience how Native peoples lived in Iron County prior to Euroamerican settlement.  Additionally, students will be able to become archaeologists for the day, learning techniques and methods of the archaeological process.  Explore the Fremont pit house and the Paiute wikiups, see a traditional shade shelter and Native garden, all set among native vegetation and replica prehistoric village mounds.

This project is a joint effort of the Frontier Homestead Museum Foundation, The Archaeological Conservancy, Southern Utah University, Project Archaeology, and Cedar City RAP Tax.  Watch this page for progress pictures and more information!

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Plan map

Overview map of the planned project. Click on image for a larger view.


Digging the pit house

Beginning the excavation for the replica Fremont pithouse.


Setting main supports

John has just finished setting the main supports for the structure.


Walls going up

Wall supports are added.


Cribbing

John explains construction of the walls using smaller materials.

pithouse roof

Roof timbers in place.

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The exhibit is starting to thaw out and the completed pithouse is ready for visitors!

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The Native Heritage garden has been planted by anthropology students at Southern Utah University. 

Be sure to check in over the summer and see what grows! 

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There are flowers and many native pants flourishing in the Native Heritage exhibit and the interpretative signs are on their way.