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Archaeological Council


2004: Vol 17 No 1

Utah Archaeology 2004, Volume 17, Number 1

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  • Current Issues in Cultural Resource Management Institutions by David Yoder
    Trends among the institutions and individuals that practice Cultural Resource Management is important information to both archaeology students and professionals. To identify and quantify these trends, a survey was composed and sent to fifty CRM firms in Utah and nearby states. Questions focused on the institutions, personnel, salaries, job security, satisfaction, and direction. The information garnered from this survey was analyzed and compared to national data to examine trends in contract archaeology in the Utah area.

  • Spotten Cave Revisited: A Re-analysis of the Projectile Point Assemblage by Aaron Woods
    Spotten Cave (42UT104) is located near Santaquin, Utah. It was excavated in the 1960s, and is one of two recorded cave sites in Utah Valley.  As such, the site can clarify some questions concerning the general chronology and cultural occupation of the cave and Utah Valley.  Spotten Cave yielded a large number of projectile points, ceramics, and perishables. With a few exceptions, little has been said about the artifact assemblage from Spotten Cave.  Re-analysis of the projectile point assemblage enables a discussion of Spotten Cave’s chronology, its stratigraphic zones, and updated information concerning its projectile point assemblage.

  • Prehistoric Bedrock Mortars in Southeastern Utah by Matthew J. Landt and Jenn Mueller
    Four bedrock mortars have recently been located at two sites (42Sa22846 and 42En13127) on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in southeastern Utah. With a few exceptions, southeastern Utah is a poorly researched area where archaeological evidence of Fremont and Great Basin peoples is interwoven with evidence of Northern Anasazi and American Southwest occupations. These bedrock mortars are located in the edge of pinyon-juniper plant communities on low-angle bedrock, directly adjacent to sagebrush and grassland flats. The bedrock mortars are found in sites with long-term occupations that span the mid- to terminal Archaic.


  • Running Antelope: Revisited by Dann J. Russel
    In 1993 I authored an article for the journal about a Haskett site entitled “Running Antelope: A Paleoindian Site in Northern Utah” (Russell 1993:79). Several years after its publication, it caught the attention of Dr. Bonnie Pitblado of Utah State University. At that time, she was a graduate student at the University of Arizona. Her purpose for contacting me was to examine the artifacts from the Running Antelope Site (42B0538) and use the information in her Doctoral Dissertation. She sent five specimens from the site to Dr. Richard Hughes of the Geochemical Research Laboratory in Portola Valley, California for sourcing by x-ray fluorescence. She provided me with a copy of the data obtained by Dr. Hughes upon returning the specimens. In 2002 the Promontory/ Tubaduka Chapter of USAS obtained a grant from the Utah Division of State History for archaeological research by avocationalists. Some of this money was used to pay Dr. Hughes for sourcing specimens from various sites in Northern Utah. Five of these came from Running Antelope. This report will present both sets of sourcing results from the Geochemical Research Laboratory, describe the specimens, and discuss what the results are possibly telling us. The first set (1) is those specimens sent by Dr. Pitblado (Hughes 1997) and the second set (2) is those sent by myself (Hughes 2002).


  • From Hunters to Homesteaders: Recent Encounters with Past Communities in Utah's West Desert, edited by Heather K. Stettler and Matthew T. Seddon by Ronald. J. Rood
  • Greater Mesoamerica: The Archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico by Walter A. Dodd