Archaeology Month is here!

Throwing the Atl Atl.


May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation month in Utah, and Frontier Homestead, along with Southern Utah University, Project Archaeology, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest service have teamed up to provide a slate of activities that all ages can enjoy.

The fun begins on Saturday, May 2 from 10am to 3pm, with the fourth annual Archeology Day at Frontier Homestead. Learn how to throw an Atl-Atl, build an ancient dwelling, and make your own rock art and rope. Boy Scouts will be able to earn their Indian Lore merit badge. Bring some stuff from home and “Ask and Archaeologist” to give you some insight into your family treasures. Park entrance fee is $1.50 per person or $5.00 per family.  We will also be offering a guided tour of Parowan Gap led by BLM archaeologist Jamie Palmer. The tour leaves at 9am from Frontier Homestead and will return in time to enjoy the activities at the museum. Carpool or drive yourself, the choice is yours.

Building a Wikiup for the Indian Lore merit badge.

Building a Wikiup for the Indian Lore merit badge.

On Monday, May 4 from 6-8pm the SUU archeology repository will be open for tours. This is a rare opportunity to see artifacts from a variety of archeological sites around southern Utah. Curator Barbara Frank will be offering these tours every half hour.

Old Iron Town is next tour stop during this month long celebration of the past. Museum staff member Stephen Olsen will be leading this tour. Olsen is full of knowledge and lore about this often overlooked site in Iron County. The tour leaves at 10am from Frontier Homestead. Bring water and sunscreen.  Once again, you can carpool or drive.

Wednesday, May 27 from 6-8pm, Frontier Homestead hosts the final event of the month. Come and mix and mingle as you look around the museum and then stay for the presentation by David Maxwell, Director of Geosciences at SUU, who will be talking about ancient rock symbols on the Arizona Strip.

For more specific information and directions, please give us a call at (435) 586-9290.


A young archaeologist in training.

Next Time: Exploring the new Native Heritage Exhibit


3 thoughts on “Archaeology Month is here!

  1. Howdy, My name is thomas williams, tom, and I recently returned to cedar city utah after spending 7 years up in Vernal. I own and live in the old overson feed store on 300 west 546 North. Its nice to be back. The reason I’m writing you is because I intend to do some bottle hunting and metal detecting in these parts and saw your post on the computer. I just wanted to say hi really, and thanks for making history important. In the big scale of things it’s very true that if we don’t remember the past we will relive it again, or something like that. I just like old stuff and have a bunch of it. Wouldn’t it be nice if they offered collage classes on “old stuff” when the quality of materials and workmanship were more important than the money. cya round


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