“The BLM is proud to be a part of a project that introduces Utah students to the history of Nine Mile Canyon and natural resource management,” said Assistant Field Office Manager Amber Koski. “It is important to share the rich cultural and natural history of this area with future generations.”
Excavation at the site will be conducted over five weekends, with the first having occurred over the Labor Day holiday. Each weekend students will camp near the site, excavate a Fremont pit structure, tour nearby rock art sites, make clay pots, and listen to speakers from archaeology and historical organizations. The excavation will be a hands-on experience, working side by side with archaeologists, educators and volunteers. Experts will be on hand to tour the site and answer questions, according to a press release from organizers.
Partners include Montgomery Archaeological Consultants, Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance, Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum, Utah Division of State History, Nine Mile Canyon Settlers Association, Nine Mile Canyon Coalition, Project Discovery Utah, Utah Rock Art Research Association, Project Archaeology, and the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (Castle Valley Chapter).
For more information about the project, go to https://ninemilevolunteer.weebly.com. For directions to visit the site during excavation please call Dave Christensen of the Price Field Office at 435-636-3600.