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Archaeology Publications

Are you interested in Utah Archaeology? Utah Archaeology is an annual publication of USAS, UPAC, and the Utah Division of State History. The journal focuses on prehistoric and historic archaeological research relevant to Utah.

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Utah Archaeology Site Form Data Submissions

A spreadsheet containing basic archaeological site information defined by the UTSHPO, will be required for any site form submission using the new Utah Archaeology Site Form (UASF). This requirement includes both new recordings and update/addendum recordings. This spreadsheet contains 21 data points across 37 fields as agreed-upon by the Interagency Task Force in February 2017. These data will be used to populate UTSHPO archaeological site databases.

The UTSHPO template must be strictly followed, including field/column name and field ‘lookup’ values. The lookup values are held within the spreadsheet and are pulled directly from the UASF manual. Deviations from the previously defined and approved values will result in data transfer errors. As such, deviations from field names or lookup values may result in projects being submitted for UTSHPO review being returned or rejected for corrections.

If you find values in the UTSHPO tabular template that you feel are in error please contact the Archaeology Records staff. Any desired changes to the UASF or approved lookup values are handled through the Interagency Task Force Group. If you are interested in a change please contact an agency representative for review.

The required UASF Tabular Data Submission template can be found here.

A spreadsheet containing explanations of each field, its data type, acceptable values, and USAF section can be found here.

Utah Archaeology Site Form Release

In February 2017, the Interagency Task Force, which includes leaders from state and federal agencies and UTSHPO, met and approved the official launch of the new archaeological site form for use in Utah. The Utah Archaeological Site Form (UASF) is the result of several years of collaborative work between agencies, academic institutions, and private consultants.  The new form can now be used to provide adequate documentation for archaeological resources in Utah, except for United States Forest Service managed lands.

Digital copies of the new form can be found here:

The associated manual can be found here.

Immediate adoption of the new site form is encouraged as continued use of IMACS will not be allowed after November 1st, 2017. Following this grace period UTSHPO will no longer accept IMACS forms. Existing contracted projects may be allowed to submit IMACS forms after the drop-dead date on a case-by-case basis with UTSHPO.

In addition to the new form, UTSHPO is requiring submission of a  spreadsheet populated with core site data in a standardized format. More information about this spreadsheet can be found here. Any site form generator used will need to populate a properly formatted spreadsheet or the user will manually enter the information into a template spreadsheet provided by the UTSHPO. Further digital standards are pending the release of a new electronic SHPO consultation system that will eliminate paper submission. More information will be forthcoming.

NHPA 50 Year Anniversary

Join the nationwide celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 2016. This Act transformed the face of communities throughout the United States and Utah by establishing a framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeological sites.  Coordinated through Preservation50.org, the nationwide celebration is designed to inform and engage all ages and backgrounds in this significant law’s effects on local communities and history. Since 1966, the NHPA has shaped preservation efforts on America’s history and culture while generating positive social and economic impacts. In 2015, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (formed in 1973) gathered stakeholders to organize a year of events and to gather engaging stories and media for the celebration.

This website is a portal to a year of events and activities that cover all corners of Utah.

Events Calendar     Media     Preservation Apps     Links     Partners

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Shipwreck at the Great Salt Lake

 

Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and historical resources with a month of lectures and hands-on learning. Statewide events include:

  • Open house at the Natural History Museum of Utah with educational activities for (kids and adults
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Lectures and paper presentations
  • Tours of archaeological and historical sites

Printable version of the events calendar is available!

Please note: Updates occur regularly, but may take up to 48 hours to appear. Please note: Jumps may land slightly below their marker. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Do you have an event? Please email cmerritt@utah.gov and fill out the Archaeology and Historic Preservation Event Form

 

Golden Spike National Historic Site

  • Transcontinental Celebration (148th Anniversary)
    Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10 (9am to 5pm)
    Location: Golden Spike National Historic Site, 32 miles west of Brigham City
    For More Information (contact info): 435-471-2209, ext 29
    Sponsors/Organizations: National Park Service

    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: Golden Spike National Historic Site will celebrate the 148th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.  Events marking the May 10th occasion include the recreation of the historic “champagne photo”, a performance by Box Elder High School Band, traditional anniversary program, a re-enactment of the original 1869 ceremony, and locomotive steam demonstrations. This year’s keynote speaker will be Jimmy Chen, Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems, and Utah Advisor of Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan). Full calendar of events can be found here: Press Release

 

CacheCounty

Logan

  • Archaeology Day
    Date & Time: Saturday, May 6 (10am to 2pm)
    Location: Museum of Anthropology, Old Main RM 252, Utah State University
    For More Information (contact info): Molly Cannon, molly.cannon@usu.edu
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    USU Museum of Anthropology
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: Join the World Explorers Club at the USU Museum of Anthropology. Come explore the wonders of Archaeology with us! Try out our mini dig site, learn about major discoveries in archaeology, and hear “Tech Talks” every half hour showing off the technology used by archaeologists.

Hyrum

  • Hyrum Hydro-Electric Power Plant Tour
    Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10, 6-8pm
    Location: Blacksmith Fork Canyon
    For More Information (contact info): Jami J. Van Huss, museum@hyrumcity.com, 435-245-0208
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    Hyrum Museum
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: Visit Hyrum City’s hydro-electric plant in Blacksmith Fork Canyon! Hyrum Power Superintendent Matt Draper will briefly discuss the history of electricity in Hyrum (one of Cache Valley’s first electrified cities) and the work inovlved with keeping the lights on. Come and see how water is turned into electricty.

  • Guided Tours of Historic Hyrum
    Date & Time: Saturday, May 13 (11am to 1pm)
    Location: Meet at Hyrum Museum, 50 West Main
    For More Information (contact info): Jami J. Van Huss, museum@hyrumcity.com, 435-245-0208
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    Hyrum Museum
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: Guided tours of historic Hyrum will begin at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Meet at the museum fifteen minutes prior to your tour time. Since there is limited seating on the bus, please sign-up ahead of time at the museum. Tours will last 35–45 minutes and will be based off the Historic Tour of Hyrum, Utah booklet, which will be provided to all participants. Additional booklets will be available at the museum for those interested in driving themselves. More tour times may be added if needed.

 

Utah on the National Register

NRHPBook_Page_01The National Register of Historic Places only exists because of its association with the federal National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and it is turning 50 years old in 2016.

This book is a small selection of Utah’s contribution to historic preservation work.

Historic Contexts

Historic contexts are a formal tool to  help agencies, consultants, and the public to understand and assess the range of variation within a certain region, period, or resource type. These documents form a strong foundation for assessing the significance of a cultural resource for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Utah State Historic Preservation Office (UT-SHPO) is happy to include existing but hard to find resources on this website, and will be expanded as new contexts are made available. For many of these documents below there are additional materials at the Utah Division of State History’s office at 300 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, Utah.

The National Park Service’s National Register Bulletins provide the core description on how to develop and employ a historic context, so please be sure to visit their website for more information. Specifically, Barbara Wyatt of the National Park Service created a short white paper that succinctly describes what is in a historic context and how to use it, and it can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions or comments on these please contact the UT-SHPO’s resident context wrangler: Elizabeth Hora-Cook at ehora@utah.gov

Broad Overview Contexts (Multi-Resource Type)

Architectural Contexts

General Domestic or Other Contexts

Public Buildings Contexts

Religious Architectural Contexts

Industrial or Engineering Related Contexts

United States Forest Service in Utah Contexts


Archaeological Contexts*

*Some reports above might have been redacted per state or federal data protections on archaeological site locations.


Ethnographic Contexts

Utah Statewide Archaeological Society

The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS) was originally formed out of the Statewide Archaeological Survey established by Dr. Jesse Jennings in 1951. USAS is a group of individuals not necessarily trained as archaeologists, but share a common interest and passion for understanding, stewarding, and preserving Utah’s rich archaeological legacy. Today, there are over 300 members in several different chapters. Please visit their website here: utaharchaeology.org and see how you can join in the adventure.

Utah Division of State History has a long partnership with USAS, and this page is dedicated to furthering the joint missions of both organizations. Please see the 1975 By-laws for the Society.


USAS Newsletters

In 2016, Janice Reed-Campbell of the Utah Division of State History’s Antiquities Section discovered binders full of USAS Newsletters, the earliest dating to 1955. Janice painstakingly scanned all of the newsletters in our collection and we are making them available through this page. Given size limitations on our website we can not post all the Newsletters, but we are offering a selection for download. If you see a particular newsletter you are interested in the table below please email Janice at jreedcam@utah.gov and she will email you the newsletter directly. This is a great resource and includes some rarely seen writings of Dr. Jesse Jennings.

Year Month Selected Article (others are included in pdf)
1955 June • Utah Anthropology, An Outline of Its History, by Elmer R. Smith
November • Archaeological Evidence of Hunting Magic, by James H. Gunnerson
December • Archaeological Excavations Near Salina, Utah, by Dee C. Taylor
1956 March • 1955 Surveys in Castle Valley, Hanksville, Aquarius Plateau and San Juan County, by James Gunnerson
June • Radiocarbon Dates from Danger Cave, Utah, by J. D. Jennings
• Petrographs, by J. H. Gunnerson
October • Archaeological Activities of the University of Utah, by James H. Gunnerson
December • Early Man in the West, by Jesse D. Jennings
• Each to the Other, by William A. Ritchie
1957 March • Salvage Archaeology, by James H. Gunnerson
June • The Recognition of Archaeological Sites, by Lloyd Pierson
• How Old Is It, by James H. Gunnerson
September • Archaeology and the Scientific Method, Part I, by Fay-Cooper Cole
• Upper Colorado River Basin Archaeological Salvage Project, Summer 1957, by Jesse D. Jennings
December • Archaeology and the Scientific Method, Part II.-and the Scientific Method: Part II, by Fay-Cooper Cole
• Preliminary Report of 1957 Work at Snake Rock, by James H. Gunnerson
1958 March • An Underground Storage Pit Near Moab, by Lloyd Pierson
• Plant and Animal Material in Archaeological Interpretation, by James H. Gunnerson
June • Pottery in Archaeological Interpretation, by James H. Gunnerson
• A Pueblo Site in Utah Valley, by Carl Hugh Jones
September • A Preliminary Note on Excavations at the Coombs Site, Boulder. Utah, by Robert H. Lister
• Archaeological Survey of the Kaiparowits Plateau-A Preliminary Report, by James H. Gunnerson
December • Archaeological Excavations in Glen Canyon: A Preliminary Report of 1958 Work, by William Lipe
• Archaeological Survey in Glen Canyon: A Preliminary Report of 1958 Work, by Don Fowler
1959 March • The Moab Museum
June • Archaeological Survey in the Dead Horse Point Area, by James H . Gunnerson
September • The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society, by H. Merrill Peterson
• A Preliminary Note on 1959 Excavations at the Coombs Site, Boulder, Utah, by J. Richard Ambler
December • The Utah Statewide Archaeological Survey: Its Background; and First Ten Years, by James H. Gunnerson
1960 March • A Sketch of Utah Prehistory, by Alice P. Hunt
June • Cataloguing Archaeological Collections, by Dee Arm Suhm
• The Artifacts of Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah County, Utah, by John L. Cross
September • The Value and Function of the Local Archaeological Society, by Jesse D. Jennings
• A Percussion Industry of the Wyoming Desert, by Merrill Peterson
• Archaeological Notes on the Northeastern Margin of Great Salt Lake, by F. K. Hassel
December • Ute Tipi Poles, by Lloyd Pierson
1961 March • A Preliminary Report of the 1960 Archaeological Excavations in Glen Canyon, by Floyd W. Sharrock
• Hovenweep – The Deserted Valley, by Don Ripley
• 1960 Archaeological Survey and Testing in the Glen Canyon Region, by Don D. Fowler
June • An Open Site Near Plain City, Utah, by F. K. and Carol Hassel
• Excavations at the Bear River Site, Box Elder County, Utah, by David M. Pendergast
• Puebloid Cultures in Iron County: Progress Report, by Marshall McKusick
September • The Prehistory of Central and Northern Utah, by Melvin Aikens
• USAS – UCRBASP Joint Excavation in the Plainfield Reservoir, by David M. Pendergast
December • Artifacts From a Site In Box Elder County. Utah, by Warren C. Hageman
• A Preliminary Report of the 1961 Archaeological Excavations In Moqui Canyon and Castle Wash, by Floyd W. Sharrock
• Archaeological Survey and Testing in Moqui Canyon and Castle Wash, 1961, by Kent C. Day
1962 March • Unusual Petroglyph Find in Utah
June • Preliminary Report on Excavations in Southwestern Utah, 1962, by C. Melvin Aikens
September • Unusual Historical Indian Burial Report, by George W. Tripp
December • Additional Notes and Comments on Atlatl Weights in the Northwest, by B. Robert Butler
• Manti Mystery
• History and Pre-History of Bear Lake Indians
1963 March • Unusual Petroglyph Find in Utah
June • Preliminary Report on Excavations in Southwestern Utah, 1962, by C. Melvin Aikens
September • Unusual Historical Indian Burial Report, by George W. Tripp
December • Additional Notes and Comments on Atlatl Weights in the Northwest, by B. Robert Butler
• Manti Mystery
• History and Pre-History of Bear Lake Indians
1964 March • Unusual Historical Indian Burial Report, by George W. Tripp
• Extension of Black’s Fork Culture Material, by Leona Fetzer Wintch
• Ethnohistoric Study in the Glen Canyon, by Catherine L. Sweeney
June • Ta Tahumara, by John L. Cross
• Cultural Development in the Great Basin Part I, by James A. Goss
September • Surface Material From a Site in Weber County, by F. K. Hassel
• Cultural Development in the Great Basin Part II, by James A. Goss
December • Authentic Clovis Point Find Reported
• Indian Cache Uncovered, by Merrill Peterson
• Cultural Development in the Great Basin Part III, by James A. Goss
1965 March/June • Indian Languages of the Great Basin, by Wick R. Miller
September • Pictographs from Parrish Canyon, Davis County, by Grant Reeder M.D.
December • Preliminary Report on Excavations at the “Injun Creek” Site, Warren, Utah, by C. Melvin Aikens
1966 March • Preliminary Report on Excavations at the Nephi Site, Nephi, Utah, by Floyd W. Sharrock
June • Preliminary Report on Excavation at Gunlock Flats, Southwestern Utah, by Kent C. Day
September • Evidence of Acculturation among the Indians of Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho: A Historical Approach: Part I, by John R. Dewey
December • Plains Relationships of the Fremont Culture – A Summary Statement of a Hypothesis, by C. Melvin Aikens
• Evidence of Acculturation among the Indians of Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho: A Historical Approach: Part II, by John R. Dewey
1967 March • Archaeological Survey of Whitmore Wash and Shivwits Plateau, Northwestern Arizona, by Gordon C. Baldwin
June • A Mountain Sheep Skull Exhibiting Unusual Modifications, by George Tripp
• A Handled Olla From the “Injun Creek” Site, by F. K. Hassel
September • A Sketch of Utah Prehistory, by Alice P. Hunt
December (Includes 1967/1968) • Hogup Mountain Cave: Interim Report, by C. Melvin Aikens, Kimball T. Harper, Gary F. Fry
• Split Twig Animal Miniatures in the Southwestern United States, by Grant M. Reeder, M.D.
1969 March • A New Variant of the Fremont Moccasin, by Kenneth Lee Petersen
June • The Determination of Prehistoric Dietary Patterns by Means of Coprolite Analysis; A Glen Canyon Example, by David J. Steele
September • Testing Matheny Alcove, Southeastern Utah. by Dee F. Green
• “Manitou Stones” by John L. Cross
• Radiocarbon Dates From Danger Cave, Utah, by Jesse D. Jennings
December • Some Historic Indian Burials form Utah Valley. by Evan E. DeBloois
1971 March • The Eastern Uinta Fremont, by David A. Breternitz
June • Parowan Fremont, by John P. Marwitt
• Salt Lake Fremont, by Gary F. Fry
1972 March • Why Historical Archaeology?, by Dale L. Berg
• A Pueblo II Structure, San Juan County, Utah, by Ray T. Matheny and Dee F. Green
1974 September • The Excavation of Innocents Ridge. by Alan Schroedl
• A Great Basin Small Tool Tradition, by Alan Bryan and Ruth Gruhn
• The Lakeman Point, by Dean Caldwell
December • An Archaeological Survey in Sevier, Emery and Garfield Counties, by Claudia Berry
1975 March • The Excavation of Cowboy Cave, by Alan R. Schroedl
April • A 40,000 Year Old Stone Industry on Lake Bonneville’s Alpine Beach, by Leland L. Clark, M.D., M.S.
July • Archaeology and Alluvium in the Grand Gulch-Cedar Mesa Area, Southeastern Utah,by William D. Lipe and R.G. Matson
1976 July • The Bull Creek Excavations, Garfield County, Utah, by Alan R. Schroedl
1982 April • Atypical Stone Tools at Red Rock Predating Lake Bonneville’s 19,000 Year-Old High
• Stand Beach – Geology, by Lealand L. Clark, M.D. and Reuben L. Bullock
• The Uintah Heights Site-Weber County, Utah. By Mark E. Stuart
• The Long Park Sites: An Archaeological Survey, by Mark E. Stuart
• An Unusual Surface Find From Weber County, Utah, by Mark E. Stuart

History Data Clearinghouse

Veterans Memorials – Utah’s Veterans Memorial locations.

National Historic Landmarks – Location National Historic Landmarks in Utah.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers – Location of satellite museums (museum, log cabin, artifact collection, or building)

Ghost Towns of Utah – Location of ghost towns in Utah from our Maps on the Hill 2015 poster

Cemeteries – Location of cemeteries in Utah, based off of the Division of State History’s Cemetery Database. This is a working dataset and is not complete.

Archaeological Sites – Generalized location of archaeological sites in Utah, generated and provided by the AGRC of Utah. For a more up-to-date version, visit the AGRC’s history data.