Throughout Archaeology Week, April 8-14, amateur and professional archaeologists will be involved in classroom presentations in local schools and offering public lectures and guided tours.
A photography contest focusing on cultural resources is also being planned by the San Juan Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service in Monticello, in cooperation with the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding.Lee Bennett, San Juan district ranger, said the photo contest is in its planning stages. Entry rules and other details will be announced as they are formalized.
She said photographs of skulls, gravesites, mummies or other objects of a religious or sacred nature would be discouraged.
Archaeology Week activities are being planned by the U.S. Forest Service, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, State Historical Society, Utah Museum of Natural History, Utah Professional Archaeological Council, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the and the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society.
Moab lectures and field trips are scheduled as follows:
- Monday, April 8 - Free lecture, 7 p.m. at the Dan O'Laurie Museum, 118 E. Center. "An Introduction to Archaeology," by Kent Dalton, member, Moab Chapter, Utah Statewide Archaeological Society.
- Friday, April 12 - Free lecture, 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, Legion Hill (East First North). "Pleistocene Resources and the Entry of Early Man on the Colorado Plateau," by Larry Agenbroad, head of quaternary studies at the University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
- Saturday, April 13 - Guided field trip to local rock art sites, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., from the Moab District Office, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 83 E. Dogwood. Tours led by Julie Howard, BLM archaeologist.