Zion archaeologist speaks on historic restoration, new technology

Human history location, Zion National Park, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Christine Oravec, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Amber Van Alfen, archaeologist at Zion National Park, will give a free public lecture, “New Advances in Historical Restoration: 3-D Imaging Zion’s Human Heritage,” Wednesday night at Dixie State University in St. George.

Homesteads in Zion National Park, like those on the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, are being reconstructed and restored based on technology never dreamed of by their original owners.

The lecture’s sponsor, Dixie Archaeology Society, invites the public to come see how methods like computer modeling help us understand the past.

The lecture will run from 7-8 p.m. in Room 121 of the Udvar-Hazy Building, 225 S. 700 East on campus.

About the Dixie Archaeology Society

From its website:

The Dixie Archaeology Society is a group of individuals whose purpose is to educate the public regarding archaeological resources, especially rock art, within Utah, the Arizona Strip and Southern Nevada.

We accomplish our goal by:

1) Having monthly meetings with lectures from area experts

2) Having monthly field trips to local archaeological sites, lead by knowledgeable persons who can offer some level of interpretation

We believe that the preservation of rock art as well as other archaeological sites lies in education. This education must involve both lectures and class room teaching but also “hands on” experience. This also means that the public must be able to visit archaeological sites and view them “in situ” in order to appreciate value of the resource.

We believe that archaeological sites must remain open to the public for them to gain the full appreciation of “those who came before”. We must strive to make each site a “living museum”.


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