Archaeology Day - and a Little Bit More

Frontier Homestead State Park welcomes archeologists young and old and their families to participate in its annual Utah Archaeology Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in activities involving Native American games, history, traditional crafts and skills, and visit with a variety of demonstrators. Archeology Day will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cost per person is $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.

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Archeology Day is the kick-off for a series of activities sponsored by Frontier Homestead State Park, Southern Utah University-College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah Project Archaeology, Farmers Insurance-Jesse Robinson, Intersearch, the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, and The Pizza Cart. Partners include the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the Cedar City Public Library.

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The celebration of Utah Archaeology and Preservation Month continues on Monday May 7th at the Cedar City Public Library at 7:00 pm with a special presentation about Utah’s native plants. Ms. Autumn Gillard, Southern Paiute descendant of the Cedar Band of Paiutes and ranger at Pipe Springs National Monument, will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for traditional plants and their uses. Don’t miss this culturally engaging experience! Free and Family friendly!

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Next, Saturday May 12th, enjoy a free, guided tour of Historic Iron Town and spend time cleaning up at another local archaeological site.  The trip will begin at the Frontier Homestead State Park at 9 am and will return by 1 pm. Sack lunches will be provided to all registered participants.  You must request a reservation and receive confirmation for this event, as space is limited.  Send request to samanthakirkley@suu.edu  For your safety, this event is not recommended for those under the age of 10 or those with limited mobility.

On Monday May 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the public can take advantage of a rare opportunity to see artifacts from 50 years of SUU Field School excavations.  Repository Director, Barbara Frank, will open the SUU Archaeological Repository to the public, discuss the importance of preservation, and answer questions.  The Repository is located in Room 101-A, west basement door, ELC, SUU campus. Free and Family friendly!

Finally, make sure to swing by the library and see all of the entries and winners for this year’s Archaeology Month Art Contest!  Children from Iron County schools were invited to participate by designing or decorating archaeology themed pictures for display at the Cedar City Library. Winners will be announced at Archaeology Day and will receive gift cards from the Pizza Cart!

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According to Samantha Kirkley, State Coordinator for Project Archaeology, “Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, a Division of State History program, is an annual celebration of Utah’s archaeological and historic resources. With so many wonderful archaeological sites in Southern Utah, we really have something to celebrate and enjoy.  Archaeology Month offers opportunities for all ages to participate in activities that promote cultural understanding and respect, and stewardship of these special places.”

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