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Welcome to the first-ever edition of the Utah Public Archaeology Network newsletter! We're excited to bring you the latest and greatest in archaeological news from across the state. Also check out our event calendar—September is brimming over with events that will get you outside and learning about Utah's past!

CONNECTING WITH UTAH'S CHINESE IMMIGRANT PAST

One hundred and fifty years ago the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point, Utah. Until recently the stories of the Chinese laborers responsible for this historic accomplishment has been overshadowed. Chris Merritt from the Utah Division of State History has spent the last five years studying the material remains of the Chinese immigrants who built the railroad, and this summer hosted a tour for descendants.

Visitors walked where their ancestors walked and were invited to touch and experience the material culture that Chinese railroad workers left behind. This thoughtful article from Sapiens brings a human touch to this important chapter of the American West.

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WELCOME TO UTAH'S PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY LAB

Deep in the belly of the Rio Grande basement you can find dendrochronology samples, disembodied components of teaching toolkits, cordless drills and so much more. Public Archaeology often requires some creative science and engineering, and the new lab space supported by Utah State History is rising to the challenge.

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FEATURED PARTNER: UTAH STATE LIBRARY DIVISION

UtahPAN is thrilled to partner with the Utah State Library Division to bring archaeological books to the forefront of their popular Book Buzz program. Book Buzz supports communities and education endeavors across the state by lending sets of titles to clubs, book groups, libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers. Each set contains at least 15 copies that check-out for 8 weeks. For International Archaeology Day we're offering four hand-picked titles for Utah book clubs: 1491, Wisdom Sits in Places, House of Rain, and Ghosts of Gold Mountain.

 

> LEARN MORE ABOUT UTAH STATE LIBRARIES

EVENTS: SITE CLEAN-UP, LECTURES, AND SO MUCH MORE!

Fall is a busy time for archaeologists! Lots of us are returning indoors from a long summer of fieldwork, and boy do we have stories to tell! This month you can check out Utah State History's Annual Conference (it's free!), help UtahPAN clean up a badly damaged rock art site, visit with archaeological researchers in San Juan County, and so much more!

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