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Fremont

Life began to slowly change approximately   2000 years ago from a nomadic, hunting and gathering lifestyle to a more sedentary, farming community. Two broad cultures evolved during this time, one of which was the Fremont. This is the general term for people with a particular life who lived in northern and eastern Utah.

Fremont people were farmers and foragers. We know the Fremont were farmers because many Fremont sites around Utah have granaries – places where people stored dry food. They also gathered food sources that grew naturally on the landscape like roots, and also hunted. The types of animals in Utah from 10,000 years ago were long gone. The climate was probably close to what it is now.

We see change in the archaeological clues which tell us that people created more objects such as clay figurines and rock art. We see these as “art” but might have served other purposes.

As the climate continued to change, the Fremont people couldn’t easily adapt their lifestyle to the hot, dry weather. They returned to hunting and gathering. What became of them is unknown. Other groups moving into the area known as “Numic” might have driven them out or the Fremont may have assimilated into these new cultures.