Potato starch has been found on 11,000-year-old grinding tools found in Utah's Escalante Valley. Delane Griffin's yard around his Escalante home is filled with a wild potato that his late wife, Leah, transplanted from nearby sites. For decades, some residents in this southern Utah town have enjoyed these tiny potatoes, which
A prehistoric campsite, complete with 12,300-year-old hearth and other artifacts, has been found in Utah's West Desert. Artifacts found at the site include the charred remains of an ancient hearth, a finely crafted spear point, and, most surprising, a collection of tobacco seeds — likely the earliest evidence of tobacco use
Hundreds of ancient game pieces used for gambling have been found in a cave in Utah. Researchers exploring the cave, known simply as Cave 1, have identified hundreds of dice, hoops, carved sticks and other trinkets used in indigenous games of chance and skill. Based on what they’ve found so far, they
A utility crew working in Salt Lake City, Utah have unearthed an ancient pit house while replacing a gas line. Researchers have found spear points and animal bones, including rabbit, deer and possibly elk, said Lance McNees, of EcoLogic Environmental Consultants, which contracts with Questar. "We knew we really had something here,"
Researchers are working to map the DNA of a Columbian mammoth discovered in a bog in the Mani La-Sal National Forest in Utah twenty-five years ago. According to USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum Curator of Archaeology Tim Riley, the massive amount of research performed on this specimen has yielded some of the
An archaeologist from the Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum has been examining the coprolites of the Fremont people who lived in the area between 400 to 1350 A.D. to determine what they ate and how it affected their health. Because such matter is not easily preserved, human coprolites are particularly