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Blog Archive: archaeology

[image] This was the Place: Athabaskans Gambling on a New Life in the South

This was the Place: Athabaskans Gambling on a New Life in the South

New evidence discovered in the Promontory caves reveals that a group of fantastic hunters and lovers of games and gambling were the inhabitants. Archaeologist and friend of NHMU, Jack Ives, believes that they were an Athabaskan or Dene-speaking culture from subarctic Canada, making friends in Utah.
[image] Utah, home to the oldest chocolate in the U.S.

Utah, home to the oldest chocolate in the U.S.

Producing artisan chocolate is hot in Utah today, but our history with cacao dates back further than you'd think.
[image] Utah’s Ancient Cacao: A Surprising Find

Utah’s Ancient Cacao: A Surprising Find

No archaeologist would have guessed it, but the oldest evidence of cacao use in the Southwestern U.S. was found in an Ancestral Puebloan village in Utah.
[image] Cacao in Chaco Canyon

Cacao in Chaco Canyon

A cache of 181 cylindrical vessels found in Chaco Canyon, NM, was the first evidence that cacao had made its way into the American Southwest by 1100 A.D.
[image] Chocolate: Its Origins

Chocolate: Its Origins

Chocolate has a long history with humans - evidence of cacao use dates back to as early as 1900 B.C. Learn about the origins of this beloved plant.
[image] Fremont Horned Figurines – What are They?

Fremont Horned Figurines – What are They?

The objects on display at NHMU are a testament to the physical world and science, but many are also a product of human cultures, and require a bit of thought and imagination to truly appreciate.
[image] Hide Your Stuff in Plain Sight: Up a 1,000-Foot Rock Face

Hide Your Stuff in Plain Sight: Up a 1,000-Foot Rock Face

Our researchers seek to understand why Fremont Indian granaries in Range Creek are located far above the ground in hard-to-reach but easy-to-see locations. It turns out that high visibility can sometimes be a great deterrent to theft.