Utah Professional

Archaeological Council


Past Meetings

UPAC 2016 Winter Meeting

March 4-5, 2016 (Salt Lake City)

UPAC Winter 2015 Semiannual Meeting

When: Friday and Saturday, March 13-14 2015

Where:  Historic Provo Library at Academy Square.  550 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah 84601.
              Rooms 309 (Friday) and 201 (Saturday)

Driving Directions:
   1.  Take Interstate 15 to Exit 265 W Center St in Provo.
   2.  Continue east on W Center St. Drive to N University Ave
   3.  Turn left onto N Freedom Blvd
   4.  Turn right onto W 500 N
   5.  Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto N University Ave
   6.  Park at Provo City Library at Academy Square 550 North University Avenue, Provo, UT 84601


Abstract Submissions Due February 20 2015



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Friday, March 13, 2015


9:00 am – 9:30 am


9:30 am – 9:40 am

Introduction to the UPAC 2015 Winter Meeting (Tim Riley, UPAC President)


9:40 am – 9:55 am

Finding the Provo Mounds: The Rediscovery of a Fremont Village

(Dr. Michael Searcy, Brigham Young University)

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Determining Prehistoric Horticultural Potential in Jones Hole Canyon, Utah

(Elizabeth Hora-Cook, Utah State University)

10:20 am – 10:35 am

An Analysis of Side-Notched Arrow Points and the Implications for Late Prehistoric Migrations along the Wasatch Front

(Dr. Robert B. Nash, Desert West Environmental, LLC)

10:40 am – 10:55 am

Archaeological Patterns of the Eastern Uinta Mountains - A view from Ashley National Forest

(Jeffery Rust, Ashley National Forest)

11:00 am – 11:15 am


11:20 am – 11:35 am

From Clovis to Corrals: Enduring Occupations in Ashley National Forest, Utah

(Melissa Elkins, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.)

11:40 am – 11:55 pm

Glimpses of Chacoan Utah: Recent investigations at the Montezuma Village and JPSD Great House Complexes, San Juan County

(Winston Hurst)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

The Geoarchaeology of Late Prehistoric Irrigation in Central Utah

(Dr. Steve Simms, Utah State University)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


1:20 pm – 1:35 pm

Charcoal and Its Role in Utah Mining History

(Sarah Page, HDR, Inc)

1:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Move 'em Out!: The Archaeology of the Ogden Union Stockyard

(Sheri Murray Ellis, Certus Environmental Solutions, LLC)

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Preliminary Report: Uinta Express Pipeline Cultural Resource Inventory

(Ronald J. Rood, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.)

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm



2:45 pm – 2:50 pm

Introductions (Tim Riley)

2:50 pm – 3:50 pm

UPAC Officers Presentations


Treasurers Report (Suzanne Eskenazi)

Website (Rachel Quist)

Newsletter (Ken Cannon)

Utah Archaeology (Mike Searcy)

Government Affairs & Research (Sonia Hutmacher)

3:50 pm – 4:15 pm

UPAC Elections (Laurel Glidden – VP Membership & Ethics)

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

USAS Coordination (Jim Allison & Charmaine Thompson)

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

New IMACS Site Form

(Dr. David Yoder, Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office)

4:45 pm – 4:55 pm

Nomination for UPAC Fellow Status

(Kenny Wintch, Sonia Hutmacher, and Laurel Glidden)

5:00 pm


5:30 pm


BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures

2201 N Canyon Rd, Provo, UT 84604

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

POSTER PRESENTATIONS – Discussion with Authors


BLM-Utah for 2014-2015

(Nate Thomas, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office)

Mindful Management: GIS Suitability Analysis for Cultural Resource Management

(Amber Koski, Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office)

Sand Trap: Excavation of a Stratified Early Archaic Camp along the Hams Fork River in Southwest Wyoming

(Garrett Williams, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.)


Saturday, March 29, 2014


9:00 am – 9:30 am


9:30 am – 9:34 am

SYMPOSIUM INTRODUCTION: The On-going Search for Hawn's Mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri

(Dr. Benjamin Pykles, Historic Sites Curator, Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

9:34 am – 9:40 am

SYMPOSIUM 1: Historical background to the site (Ryan Saltzgiver, Brigham Young University)

9:40 am – 9:46 am

SYMPOSIUM 2: The results of using of Human Remains Detection Dogs to look for historic graves (Ryan Saltzgiver, Brigham Young University)

9:46 am – 9:52 am

SYMPOSIUM 3: The results of magnetometery surveys on the project (Sharissa Nielson, Brigham Young University)

9:52 am – 9:58 am

SYMPOSIUM 4: The results of GPR surveys on the project (Trevor Tuttle, Brigham Young University)

9:58 am – 10:04 am

SYMPOSIUM 5: The use of unmanned aerial systems on the project (Brandon Reimschiissel, Brigham Young University)

10:04 am – 10:10 am

SYMPOSIUM 6: The excavations we did for the project (Joe Bryce, Brigham Young University)

10:10 am – 10:25 am


10:30 am – 10:45 am

The Woodruff Bison Kill: A New Look

(Dr. Ken Cannon, USU Archaeological Services)

10:50 am – 11:05 am

The Re-Making of Place – Restoring the “New Deal” Era on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

(Rachelle Handley, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest)

11:10 am – 11:25 am

An Update on Volunteer Archaeology and Preservation Efforts in Washington County, Utah

(Greg Woodall, presented by Sonia Hutmacher)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm


12:40 pm – 12:55 pm

Preliminary Results of Archaeological Investigations at the Bear River Massacre Site, Franklin County, Idaho

(Dr. Ken Cannon, USU Archaeological Services)

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

More than just a Pretty Picture: Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Archaeological Remote Sensing

(Daniel King, Brigham Young University)

1:20 pm – 1:35 pm

What was once forgotten is now found.

(Dr. Chris Merritt, Utah Division of State History)

1:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Coopers Canyon Project

(Letitia Neal, Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office)

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Anti-Looting and Vandalism Ad Campaign

(Diane Olsen, Tread Lightly!)

2:15 pm