LEEDS — The Silver Reef Musuem located at 1903 Wells Fargo Road in Leeds will host a lecture on rock art along the Interstate 15 corridor Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the rebuilt Cosmopolitan building.
The talk will begin with a brief discussion of the many Native populations that have inhabited the area and why they may have created rock art. The lecture will continue with a discussion of the rock art located along the I-15 corridor that includes the Leeds/Silver Reef area. The talk will conclude with comments about dangers facing cultural resources and what can be done to preserve them.
Education of the public is key
Utah and Washington County have a rich history of human occupation dating back over 10,000 years. There are over 89,000 documented archaeological sites and over 4,400 documented rock art sites in the state, many in Washington County, according to a press release for the event.
Rock art is a form of visual communication. Many of the archaeological sites in Washington County are in danger from the rapid population growth and development in the area. To begin to understand these images, one must understand the people who created it, the press release said, adding that education begins with children and continues into adulthood with lectures such as the one taking place on Feb. 27.
The lecture is free to attend but donations are greatly appreciated.
The Silver Reef Museum is a nonprofit, fully donation-funded museum. To learn more about the museum or the events it hosts visit the website or call 435-216-2651.
- What: “Rock Art Along the I-15 Corridor”
- When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.
- Where: Silver Reef Museum, 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds
- Cost: Donations appreciated
- Resources: Website | Telephone: 435-216-2651