Artifacts that haven't previously been on display at the Anasazi Indian Village in Anasazi State Park will be shown in four new display cases in connection with Utah Archaeology Week April 11-17.
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., said Superintendent Larry Davis.Davis said the number of visitors has nearly doubled since 1984. Although visitors are not as numerous as at many other state parks, 37,823 people stopped at the Boulder site last year.
One unique feature of the six-acre park is continuing excavation. "We'll be finding new things for years to come," the superintendent said.
About half of the small park is designated as an excavation site. Excavation is on hold, however, while park officials identify and catalog finds made in recent years.
The new display cases were provided in part by donations from the sale of art work by Mr. and Mrs. "Spike" Ress, Boulder artists.
Displays include artifacts that have been found by excavation at the park since 1970.
Davis said the first display case shows chipped stone tools, such as knives and drills. It also has arrowheads, including "Bull Creek Points," the largest number of that type known to have been found at one archaeologic site.
The case also contains a bow and an arrow in differing stages of manufacture.
In the second case, 11 whole pots are displayed. One of them was cracked and has holes drilled where an Anasazi attempted to mend it.
The third case contains miscellaneous items such as a turquoise necklace, a shell necklace, a figure, a petroglyph and other artifacts whose use is unknown.
Copies of different types of tools that were used by the Anasazi Indians are displayed in the fourth case. It also provides information about how the tools were made. It includes one of the most unusual artifacts in the museum, an "antatl," a throwing device that was used as an improvement over the hand-thrown spear.