What if you find bones in the boonies?
Last week the Castle Valley Archaeological Society hosted dozens of events, tours and lectures focusing on the rich history of eastern Utah. The society's 2014 convention brought together local and state authorities to speak about the people and places that make Carbon and Emery counties the hotbed of research that are.
Tours arranged by CVAS starting on June 5, included an aggressive hike of Range Creek. Described as "strenuous," the tour gave participants the opportunity to visit sites no visible while driving. Led by Alan Green and Make Connolly, the tour also promised participants a climb over rock outcrops at elevations above 7000 feet. Additional tours included Warrior Ridge/Nine Mile Canyon, Rochester and Quitchupah Creek rock art, Buckhorn Flat and the East Carbon Archaeolgy Tour.
On Saturday, the society shared space at the Carbon County Event's Center with the annual rock and mineral show. Noted workshops included Derinna Kopp's "Distinguishing Between Human and Nonhuman Bones and Procedures for the Discovery of Human Remains."
Kopp, a forensic anthropologist for the State of Utah, is responsible for the recovery and reporting of ancient human remains inadvertently discovered on private and local municipality lands.
In addition to Kopp's presentation, another workshop that had the whole building excited was Arlene and Mark Connolly's "Making Duck Decoys." The workshop showed participants who to create their own decoys from cattails found in areas known to have been occupied by the Fremont Indians.
According to Connolly, the Fremont used the decoys in much the same manner people do today. The natural brown color of the cattails made the decoys very successful.
Attendees walked the conventional halls, each carrying their own duck decoy.
According to CVAS Chapter President Craig Royce the event, which continued through June 8, was a success as good attendance and quality presentations were seen throughout the convention.