Special public program on archeological excavations along the
Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park to be held Saturday,
June 7th at the Museum of Northern Arizona
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service, in cooperation with
the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), is conducting excavations at
nine archeological sites along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
National Park. A photography exhibit about the project, Grand
Archaeology: New Excavations along the Colorado River, by Flagstaff
photographer Dawn Kish is currently on display at MNA. A special
public program about the excavation project will be held in
conjunction with the photography exhibit at MNA's Branigar/Chase
Auditorium on Saturday, June 7th, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
In 2006, the National Park Service entered into a cooperative
agreement with MNA to excavate nine of the most extensively eroded
sites along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park where
stabilization measures have repeatedly been unsuccessful. This five
year project represents the first major excavation of archaeological
sites along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon in 40 years.
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin said, "The
excavation project is truly exciting as we are learning a great deal
about the canyon's prehistory. To date, we have found that the
archeological sites are more extensive than previously known. For
example, research crews have found a complete prehistoric masonry
room buried just below sand dunes on an eroded river terrace."
"Grand Canyon National Park and our partner in this project, the
Museum of Northern Arizona, consider public outreach and
interpretation an integral part of this work," Martin continued. "I
am especially excited about the Museum of Northern Arizona
photography exhibit as it conveys the essence of the archeological
research in a personal and intimate way."
The June 7th program is free and open to the public. It will include
presentations by project co- directors, Ted Neff, MNA archeologist,
and Lisa Leap, Grand Canyon National Park archeologist, and by
photographer Dawn Kish. The photography exhibit will run until July
13, 2008, and is made possible through the generous support of the
Grand Canyon Association.
For more information on the archeological excavations, please contact
Grand Canyon National Park archeologist Lisa Leap at
or at 928-226-0166.
For additional information on the MNA exhibit, please contact Tracy
Anderson at tanderson@...
or at 928-774-5211.
Information about Grand Canyon National Park can be found at
Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
or by calling 928-638-7888.
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