Archeology Day well attended; visitors learn native, pioneer ways

By Holly Coombs

With attendance doubled from last year’s Archeology Day, the Frontier Homestead State Park put on the event for its sixth year.

“We’ve already had 230 and its only half way done, and that was our total from last year,” Park Manager Todd Prince said.

The event included pioneer cooking in an outdoor brick oven, Fremont Indian clay figurine making, rope making, pictograph painting, pioneer games and Native American fry bread.

Samantha Kirkley, representative of the Utah Project Archaeology, said that Archeology day is not just about digging up and finding history in the ground, but remembering history.

Kirkley said a Fremont Indian pit house that was excavated in Paragonah was rebuilt at the park.

“The Parowan and Paragonah area would have looked like a Fremont village a hundred years ago with farm land like it does today just with different types of houses,” she said. “Some were made with adobe brick. The adobe houses were built above the ground and made to store food while they lived in the underground pit houses.”

Children play Game of Graces, a pioneer game at Archeology Day.

Steve Olsen teaches children how to make rope at Archeology Day.

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