Topic ID #31406 - posted 2/24/2014 3:55 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Tracking the Ancient Ones, Manti-La Sal National Forest, UT

Jennifer Palmer

Manti-La Sal NF
New! Tracking the Ancient Ones: Artifact Cataloging at Edge of the Cedars Museum, Part III

April 28-May 2, 2014

Must commit to full session

In the 1970s, archaeological surveyors working on the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Southeastern Utah documented hundreds of Ancestral Puebloan sites on the flanks of Elk Ridge and the Abajo Mountains. They also collected thousands of surface artifacts. These collections are invaluable sources of information for determining the ages and functions of sites. In fact, they are often the only source of dating and cultural use information for some sites, as later, illegal artifact collecting has erased the ability to accurately interpret them. The artifacts recovered during the 1970s' studies are curated at Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum in Blanding. Edge of Cedars Museum is a premier facility that boasts many fine Southwestern archaeological exhibits, including unique artifacts, rock art, and even a stabilized ruin.

Come join Edge of the Cedars Museum staff and archaeologists from the Manti-La Sal National Forest once again as we continue to catalog these collections! You will learn or brush up on how to identify Ancestral Puebloan ceramics and get introduced to skills in stone artifact identification, or hone ones you have. You'll also see the inner-workings of a working museum and learn how both artifacts and the data we can derive from them are preserved. Most of all, you'll learn how the information captured in the artifacts brings to life a complex story of life and migration during Ancestral Puebloan times. We hope to see you again this spring!

Number of openings: 12

Special skills: Previous artifact identification (especially Ancestral Puebloan ceramics) and/or laboratory experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 14 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Blanding is a full-service community with motels, RV parks, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; RV parks (full hookups and some with wireless Internet) and several amenities also available in Bluff and Monticello; volunteers responsible for own lodging, meals, and daily transportation

Nearest town: Project based in Blanding; Monticello, 24 miles; Bluff, 25 miles

Applications due: March 17, 2014

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