ST. GEORGE – 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 arts site in the state. John Mangels, President of the Dixie Archaeology Society, kicks off the fall season with a presentation on many of the available archaeological and rock art sites near the Interstate 15 corridor in Washington County.
Rock art is a form of visual communication. To begin to understand these images, one must understand the people who created it. The presentation begins with a brief discussion of the many Native populations that have inhabited the area and why they may have created the rock art. It continues with a discussion of the rock art located along the I-15 corridor including the Leeds / Silver Reef area. The conclusion addresses some dangers facing these cultural resources and what we can do to preserve them.
The Dixie Archaeology Society meets Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 121 (Boeing Auditorium), Udvar-Hazy Building, 225 S. 700 East on the Dixie State University Campus, St. George.
More about the Dixie Archaeology Society
The Society is dedicated to preserving the cultural resources of Southern Utah, the Arizona Strip and Southern Nevada through education and activity. It holds monthly meetings with lectures by archaeologists and other experts in rock art and Native American cultures. It also lead monthly field trips to archaeological sites. The Society supports the idea that if members of the public can see and learn about archaeology first hand and from knowledgeable sources, they and their friends will gain better knowledge and respect for the sites in our county and our state. Go to www.dixierockart.webs.com or to our Facebook page.