Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dig Utah!

Rock art from Range Creek from the Utah history site.

Utah's Range Creek, one of the most pristine examples of Fremont Indian culture, is the subject of a PBS show in which archaeologists armed with pricey technology parachute into a site for 72 hours.

"I've been in archaeology for 30 years and have never seen anything like it," said Eric Deetz of the site in central Utah, occupied by the Fremont 1,000 years ago and left virtually undisturbed until 2001, when it was purchased by a nonprofit Trust for Public Land. The site is now owned by the state, according to this Salt Lake Tribune article.

Archaeologists are excited because the sites are neither looted nor disturbed.

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