Archaeologist gives tours, lectures at Silver Reef ghost town

LEEDS — Dr. Robert L. Schuyler, noted historical archaeologist, will be at Silver Reef Museum during the month of May to give lectures and tours while continuing his study of this 19th century mining ghost town.

Dr. Robert Schuyler gives guided tour of Silver Reef, Leeds, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Silver Reef Museum, St. George News
Dr. Robert Schuyler gives guided tour of Silver Reef, Leeds, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Silver Reef Museum, St. George News

On both May 9 and May 16, Schuyler will guide tours at 8:30 a.m. and give lectures at 11 a.m. Schuyler will also be available for personal appointments. He will discuss his work and accompanying artifacts as part of the two programs.

“Dr. Schuyler has immensely increased our historical knowledge of this unique area,” said Eric Fleming, Director of the Silver Reef Museum.  “We are fortunate that he has continued to study Silver Reef with his students and then return to Utah with his findings.”

Originally drawn to Washington County in 1980 to make a study of Mormon settlements and cemeteries, Schuyler discovered the ghost town of Silver Reef and became fascinated with its history and location.  He has spent 35 years doing research, field study and excavations which help to tell the story of what life was like in Silver Reef in the 1800s.

Dr. Robert L. Schuyler directs excavations in study of Silver Reef old mining town, Leeds, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Silver Reef Museum, St. George News
Dr. Robert L. Schuyler directs excavations in study of Silver Reef old mining town, Leeds, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Silver Reef Museum, St. George News

Schuyler teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is also associate curator in its Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

His study has brought him to Utah many times since 1980. He is now a lifetime member of the Washington County Historical Society, and has used his students to help with collection and cataloging of many artifacts from the Silver Reef location.

Event details

  • What: Dr. Robert L. Schuyler, noted historical archaeologist
  • When: May 9, 16, 8:30 a.m. tour, 10 a.m. lecture
  • Where: 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds
  • Reservations: Silver Reef Museum | Telephone 435-879-2254

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1 Comment

  • amp417 May 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    In case anyone is confused by the two different times given for the lecture. The lecture starts at 10:00 AM.

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