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Range Creek exhibit opens at Utah Museum of Natural History

Until a few years ago, Range Creek was a little-known, rugged canyon in a remote part of Carbon County. It is now one of the richest archaeological resources in the nation with many of its well-preserved remains shedding light on the Fremont tribes that lived there between A.D. 500 and 1350.

To provide a present-day look at this ancient culture, "Range Creek: An Anthropology of Place" opens at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City on Aug. 12. The exhibit will feature replicas of a granary and a pit house and other interpretive displays to give us a glimpse of where and how the Fremont existed in the canyon those hundreds of years ago. "Range Creek" will be a permanent exhibit at the museum.

The opening day of "Range Creek: An Anthropology of Place" will offer a variety of activities to celebrate the opening of this unique exhibit.

Duncan Metcalfe, curator of archaeology at the Utah Museum of Natural History and the museum's lead researcher Range Creek, will present two talks on Range Creek Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A storyteller will read stories for children in the exhibit's pit house at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A flintknapper - one who shapes stone into usable tools such as knives, arrowheads, and spears - will demonstrate the craft. Visitors will also be able to make their own miniature clay pots.

Standard admission rates apply. The Utah Museum of Natural History is located at the University of Utah, 1390 E. President's Circle (200 South), Salt Lake City. For more information, call (801) 581-6927 or visit

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