Heritage Publication Completed
Ashley National Forest, Utah, 2003
by Clay Johnson, FS Archaeological Technician
At last! Forty-two boxes of Prehistoric Uinta Mountain Occupations (a new Ashley NF Heritage publication) briefly obstructed the halls of the forest supervisor’s office in January, when 750 copies of the nearly 400-page volume arrived from the print shop. The book, which describes prehistoric human activity across the Uinta Mountains in Ashley NF, is a companion volume to Dutch John Excavations, which described the prehistory of a four-square-mile area involved in the Dutch John Privatization effort. This new volume presents evidence from cultural sites on the Ashley NF that allows archaeologists to describe and interpret prehistoric human activities across the entire eastern end of the Uinta Mountains.
Prehistoric Uinta Mountain Occupations uses data from surveys and excavations conducted over the past decade to describe a rich Uinta Mountain prehistory. The new information challenges some long-established ideas about mountain use, lifeways, and the Uinta Fremont culture. Although technical, the volume includes photographs, descriptive text, and discussions that make it accessible to anyone interested in human prehistory.
This volume also offers tangible results to those who have volunteered their efforts on our Ashley PIT projects.