Archaeological Tour of the Southern Parkway

utah archaeology week

ST. GEORGE – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is offering the public a glimpse of archaeology in action along the future Southern Parkway corridor in conjunction with the statewide celebration of Utah Archaeology Week May 7 through May 14.

Archaeologists will guide visitors through discovery sites of ancestral communities constructed over 1000 years ago by prehistoric agriculturalists who lived along the Virgin River. Visitors will be able to observe archaeologists as they work to document history.

Tours will be offered on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Archaeologists are investigating 12 miles of the future construction corridor to identify sites potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Their investigation includes high-precision three-dimensional laser mapping and exploratory trenching to determine the features that lie below the ground surface.

Participants may also gain a better understanding of how respected and acceptable solutions are being reached by projects addressing modern growth, archeological research, and tribal interests.

Parties seeking more information or desiring to schedule a tour time may contact Aubry Bennion at (801) 904-4075.

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  • Luke May 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm


    I heard that the southern parkway archaeology tour was on the news last night (May 12). Would you happen to know the link I could find to view this clip?

    Thank you very much,


    • Jen Watkins May 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      We had a camera out there yesterday and are editing the footage now. I’ll post link when it’s up

      • Luke June 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        Hello Jen,

        Were you planning to post this link here? If not I wasn’t able to find it elsewhere on your website.

        Thank you!

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