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Tracking the Ancient Ones, Part VI - Manti-La Sal NF - UT

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Eoc_pit_vols.jpg by Charmaine Thompson, US Forest Service
Come join Edge of the Cedars museum staff and archaeologists from the Manti-La Sal National Forest for Part VI of our ongoing "Tracking the Ancient Ones" PIT project! In the 1970s, archaeological surveyors on the Manti-La Sal National Forest documented hundreds of Ancestral Puebloan sites on the flanks of Elk Ridge and the Abajo Mountains in Southeastern Utah. They also collected thousands of surface artifacts. These collections are invaluable sources of information on the ages and functions of these sites. The artifacts are curated in the city of Blanding at the Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum, a premier facility that includes fine exhibits on Southwestern archaeology and rock art, as well as a stabilized ruin. Once again, we need your help cataloging the collections. You will learn how to identify Ancestral Puebloan ceramics and get an introduction to stone artifact identification. You'll also see the inner workings of a museum, and learn how both artifacts and the information they provide are preserved. This is important work, and an opportunity for you to really learn about artifacts and their curation - we hope to see you this summer!

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