[library-media] Free Archaeology of Utah Class

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Tue Mar 4 16:34:00 MST 2008

Dear Colleagues,
Do you live with the Archaeology "bug" in your blood? Do you have
students asking about hunters and gatherers in Utah, the Fremont, or the
Anasazi? or Are you simply curious about Utah's pre-history?
If YES is your answer, I strongly recommend spending this day with Ron
Rood, Assistant State Archaeologist, digging through Utah's last few
millennia.  His knowledge, experience, and humor will leave you with a
renewed sense of wonder and respect for Utah's cultural patrimony. My
8th-grader and I certainly did!
Juan Lee, Librarian
Utah State Library Division
Department of Community and Culture
The body of this email contains the same information as the attached
news release.

March 4, 2008
Ron Rood, State History, 801/533-3564 or rrood at utah.gov 
Claudia Nakano, Department of Community and Culture, 801/538-8805
How long have humans lived in Utah? When did people start farming and
growing corn? Why did the Anasazi abandon their homes in southern Utah?
What can be learned from the study of ancient skeletons or pottery or
broken stone tools? Why are archaeological resources important?
These are just some of the questions to be explored in a free one-day
class to be held on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rio Grande
Depot (300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah). This class on
the archaeology of Utah will introduce the concept of archaeology and
the prehistoric cultures of the area. The class will also discuss some
ongoing projects in the Salt Lake area and around the state of Utah. 
For example, students will learn about the 1,000-year-old Fremont
Indian village discovered during the early phases of TRAX construction
in downtown Salt Lake City. They will also learn about Danger Cave and
why this important archaeological site, excavated in the 1950s, is still
providing scientists with important information about the past. 
The class, which is sponsored by State History’s Antiquities Section
and the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society, is free and open to the
public. Young people in fourth grade and up may attend if accompanied by
an adult. However, space is limited. Participants must pre-register by
sending an e-mail to rrood at utah.gov with “April Class” in the subject
line, or by calling Assistant State Archaeologist Ron Rood at

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State History serves the citizens of Utah by helping to make history
accessible, exciting, and relevant-and integral to the economy and
culture of the state. State History is a division of the Utah Department
of Community and Culture (www.community.utah.gov). 
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