The pit house Patterson’s crew is excavating is the first of its kind to be found so far up Nine Mile Canyon, he said. It’s also the first to be found with a burnt roof, which means the site could provide “a snapshot of daily life” once it’s completely unearthed, Patterson said.
“It’s extremely exciting,” he said.
The structure was discovered during the construction of a new low-water crossing on the Nine Mile Road. Work on that crossing was halted as soon as evidence of the prehistoric site was spotted, and won’t resume until the find can be documented and processed.
Story: Geoff Liesik, Deseret News | Photo: Geoff Liesik, Deseret News