Utah Pre-History Week 2008!

Cool! I’ll be attending any and all events that look interesting and accessible (see event schedule below poster).

from website:

During Utah Prehistory Week you can learn about Utah’s long-ago past and have fun while doing it.


  • events
  • lectures
  • demonstrations
  • and tours

will give you insight into groups who made their lives here for thousands of years before people started writing history.

Utah Prehistory Week is scheduled for May 3rd – May 10th, 2008. Celebrate Utah’s rich and diverse prehistory at events that are held all over the state–events such as tours to important archaeological and paleontological sites, free public lectures, museum tours, and many hands-on events.

Prehistory week will begin with the annual Prehistory Open House at the Rio Grande Depot on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Sponsored by State History.

The open house will include:

  • hands-on activities for kids
  • spear and atlatl throwing
  • Navajo tacos
  • and demonstrations on prehistoric technology and rock art.

2008 Calendar of Events and Related Programs

Edge of the Cedars State Park
May 3rd and 4th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Event: Four Corners Indian Art Festival. Over fifty Native artists representing at least 15 tribal Nations and Puebloan communities will gather to display and sell their artwork. The festival will also include two days of back-to-back performances featuring several dance groups, as well as traditional and contemporary musical performances and many demonstrations including piki bread making, basketry, beadwork, weaving, and pottery-making, taste-tempting traditional foods, and children’s activities (which will include atlatl throwing and pottery-making)
Location: The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, 660 West 400 North, Blanding, Utah 83411.
Contact information: (435) 678-2238.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center
May 12th
10:00 – 11:30 am
Event: “The Tommy Turf Site: A Discussion of the Human Skeletal Remains” by Matt Zweifel of the Bureau of Land Management.
Location: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Mounument Visitor Center, Address: 745 E. Highway 89, Kanab, UT, 84741 Contact information: 435-644-4680, email Matthew_Zweifel@blm.gov for more information or visit http://www.ut.blm.gov/monument/

Prehistory Week Celebrations at the Hutchings Museum
further details coming soon…..
Location: Hutchings Museum, 55 North Center, Lehi, UT 84043
Contact Information: (801)768-7180 or email hutchingsmuseum@lehicity.com

Thanksgiving Point
Event: May Museum Monday
Time: Monday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Museum of Ancient Life Lobby, Thanksgiving Point
Contact: Jordan Johnson at 766-5013
Price: Adults (ages 13+): $10, Children (ages 3-12): $8 *No charge for Thanksgiving Point and Museum Members

May 5th
Event: Utah Pre History Week Scavenger Hunt and Craft

May 10th
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Event: Utah Pre History Week Celebration. Millions of years before human beings migrated to Utah, this was a land
teeming with prehistoric animals. Come to this celebration to learn about paleontology (the study of fossils, including dinosaurs) and also archaeology (the study of past human cultures) through activities, and crafts.
Location: Museum of Ancient Life, Thanksgiving Point
Contact: Jordan Johnson at 766-5013
Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $10, Children (ages 3-12): $8

Grand County Civic Center
May 7th
Event: A community presentation on preserving and protecting objects and places sacred to Native American tribes. Author Andrew Gulliford, professor of Southwest Studies and History at Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colo., will take the audience on a slideshow tour and introduction to the nationwide movement to preserve, protect and promote survival of Native American cultural ways and sites, including discussion of tribal efforts in Utah.
Location: Grand County Civic Center, 182 N. 500 West.
Contact information: (435) 259-3686
Cost: The lecture is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Grand County Historical Preservation Commission and Dan O’Laurie Museum of Moab.
Utah State History
April 18th – May 10th
Event: Prehistory Week Public Artshow. Artwork inspired by Utah’s archaeological past will be exhibited at the Rio Gallery. Original photographs, sculptures, pottery, and replicas will be on display as part of the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 18. The art will remain up through Utah Prehistory Week. This year’s Utah Prehistory Week poster contest winner, Erny Kuncl, will be at the Rio Gallery on April 18th to sign posters, which features his stunning black and white photograph of a ruin in Butler Wash, San Juan County. The posters will be available to the public free of charge.
Location: Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City.
Contact Information: Ron Rood at (801) 533-3564 or email rrood@utah.gov
Cost: Free and open to the public.

May 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Event: Open House – spear and atlatl throwing, hands-on activities for kids, and demonstrations on prehistoric technology and rock art. Navajo Tacos to purchase. Utah Prehistory Week Poster Winners Award Presentation will be at 11:00 am in the Gallery area.
Location: State History, 300 S. Rio Grande Street (300 S. 455 W.)
Cost: Free to the Public
Contact Information: Renae Weder, (801) 533-3529
Sponsors: Salt Lake/Davis Chapter Utah Statewide Archaeological Society, Utah Friends of Paleontology, Utah Division of State History, and Utah Geological Survey

May 10th
Event: Tours of Danger and Jukebox Caves. Don’t miss your chance to visit these two caves with professional archaeologists from the Antiquities Section.
Space is limited and reservations are required.
Contact Information: Sorry, the tours are full.
Cost: Free

Utah Museum of Natural History
May 3rd, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Event: Discovery Class: Native People of Utah for 4th and 5th Grade students.
A fun, hands-on activity-based way for them to learn more about the first people who lived and survived in Utah. Make pottery, try your hand at throwing an atlatl, and weave your own cordage out of plant materials.
Location: Utah Museum of Natural History, 1390 East Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost: $20 per child / $16 for UMNH Members.
Contact Information: (801) 585-3948, http://www.umnh.org/

Utah Friends of Paleontology
Annual Meeting 2008
May 2nd
Event: Field trip to Trilobite collecting sites with Val & Glade Gunther.
Event: 7:00 PM, Opening social and BBQ with hosts: Elaine and Ron Jones.
May 3rd
Event: Annual Meeting
May 4th
Event: Field trip. Meeting point TBA, site TBA.
Conference details and registration can be found at www.utahpaleo.org

Freemont Indian State Park and Museum
May 9-11th
All Day Events
Events: Mountain Man Rendezvous
Atlatl Competition
Knap-In (flintknapping)
Location: All activities take place at Freemont Indian State Park and Museum
Contact Information: Kari Carlisle, Museum Curator, (435) 527-4631 or email karicarlisle@utah.gov http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/fremont/
Cost: all events are free with paid park fee of $6.00 per vehicle.


NOTE: We have tried to make this calendar of events as complete and accurate as possible. We recommend, however, that you call ahead for events you want to attend.


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