An Archaeology Survey Project in Moab, Utah
- Work with Bureau of Land Management to survey for artifacts, rock art, and structures
- Collect data, record photos, and use a GPS as part of an archaeological survey
- Enjoy some of the finest canyon views, arches, ruins and red rock formations in the Four Corners
- All food
- Access fees
- Camping fees
|Dates||May 5–11, 2013|
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The archaeologists in the
We will work with
We will be working in small teams, along with
Some of the sites we will be looking at are in danger of being destroyed by road work or vehicle traffic. In many cases we will be making recommendations for protection of sites with unique features so that the archaeologists can begin the process of protecting them.
Some of the sites may require long hikes (5-6 mile round trip) to reach, but options each day will be available for participants who would prefer less hiking. Although archaeology outings typically require long walks over rough terrain, the nature of this survey makes this outing attractive to volunteers who have always wanted to do archaeology but didn't want to commit to long walks in the desert.
Please be at Windwhistle Campground no later than 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th. After camp is established we’ll have several hours available for introductions and visiting nearby locations of interest. We'll have dinner early and start our documentation training with the archaeologists at 6 p.m.
A typical day will start with breakfast around 7 a.m. and the workday around 8 a.m. Cooler morning temperatures make working early in the day the best option. We’ll pack lunch after breakfast and eat it in the field. When it gets hot, usually around 3:30 p.m., we normally take the rest of the day off to clean up, go exploring, or relax. If we have located an interesting site, the day can go longer.
On our optional day off, small groups with a common interest usually go off to hike or explore the many interesting places nearby. The option of continuing to perform archaeological surveying is usually available.
On Saturday there will be no organized activity after breakfast, other than breaking camp. You can expect to be on the road to your next adventure or homeward bound by 9 a.m.
The closest major airports to Moab are Grand Junction, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. There are rental cars available.
Accommodations and Food
Our campsite will be a group camp at Windwhistle Campround on
All locations will be accessible by regular low-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles unless a recent storm has damaged the roads. If you are willing to offer your personal vehicle for carpooling from Moab to our campsite and for accessing our worksites, please let the leader know. The
The meals will be vegetarian-friendly and will include fish, chicken, beef, cheese, eggs, and other dairy products and soy products. Final menus will be arranged to satisfy dietary limitations of the trip participants.
Each participant will be asked to volunteer to assist with preparation of several group meals. All group cooking utensils, food, and instruction for meal preparation will be provided. A leader will be available at each meal to direct the process and be the chef.
The location and accommodations in the camp make the tenting and food preparation portion of the trip easy and allow for luxury car camping. The desert can be hot, windy, and dry at any time of the year. We may get occasional wind and dust, which make meal times a bit more challenging, but overall the weather this time of year is very pleasant. You can prepare for desert conditions by bringing the correct clothes and drinking adequate quantities of water during the trip. Dehydration in the desert can lead to discomfort at the best and serious health threats at the worst. Please be in reasonably good physical condition with the ability to handle short walks at a slow to moderate pace.
Equipment and Clothing
The equipment list below spells out nearly everything you will need for this location at this time of year. Essentially this is luxury car camping so feel free to bring whatever equipment, special snacks, food, and clothing you need to be comfortable. You must bring your own cup, bowl, dishes, water bottles, and cutlery for your meals, and a plastic container for your lunch. All specialized archaeological tools will be supplied by the
- Tent (Three-season or better, with rain fly and bug screen)
- Sleeping bag (Bring an extra sheet or insert in case it gets warm or too cold)
- Sleeping pad/pillow (Air mats sleep cold!)
- Cup, bowl, plate, silverware, water container(s) (At least two full liters)
- Ten essentials or survival kit
- Two one-gallon water containers for filling personal water bottles
- Day pack (Large enough for two liters of water, lunch, and personal hiking gear)
- Boots (Required for work days)
- Camp shoes
- Long sleeved, light-colored cotton or poly shirts (At least two)
- Long legged heavy cotton pants (Jeans or other work pants are fine)
- Camp clothes
- Wide brim sun hat, plus at least one baseball cap (Light colors recommended)
- Sunglasses and at least one pair of safety glasses for working in
- Sunscreen and lip conditioner with sun block
- Insect repellant (Usually the bugs are non-existent but conditions vary from year to year)
- Rain gear -- top and bottoms. When it rains here, it really comes down.
- Camp chair (folding variety)
- Swimming suit, towel
- Reading materials
- Jacket or pile shirt for the cool evenings
- Pen and paper
- Maps for Arches NP and Canyonlands NP for day hikes (available locally)
- Camera and film
- Hiking poles
- Solar shower
If you do some reading and research before coming, you will better know how to spend your free time.
- Adkison, Ron, Utah’s National Parks. Wilderness Press.
- Desert Southwest. The Sierra Club Guides.
- Dunmire, William W. and Gail D. Tierney, Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners.
- Morrow, Baker H. and V. B. Price, Anasazi Architecture and American Design.
There are many sites on