Flagstaff, AZ — Grand Canyon archaeologist Ian Hough reported to a crowd of local archaeologists, Grand Canyon hikers and enthusiasts that his team was surprised by artifacts and features recently unearthed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
“What you see at the surface is not what you get underneath,” said Hough in his presentation Extreme Cultural Landscapes: New Archeological Research in Grand Canyon National Park. He shared that recent archeological projects at Grand Canyon National Park reveal interesting patterns of human use of the resources in this dynamic environment. The projects were at nine sites which represent three distinct cultural periods.
The Furnace Flats Project saw archaeologists accessing the site by river rafts. The purpose of the project was to mitigate erosion caused by rising water and visitor impact. Ancient homes built in A.D. 1075-1200 have been filled with blowing sands and covered by silt…
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