Research Projects, Presentations & Publications

The University of Utah, Department of Anthropology offers advanced degrees in the field.  Many department graduate students have initiated independent research projects after visiting Range Creek and have presented the results of these inquiries at conferences and seminars.  Listed below are some of the presentations and publications from the staff and students of the Range Creek Field Station.

 

POSTERS PRESENTED

Boomgarden, S.

2008a  Investigating Storage Strategies in Range Creek Canyon. 1st place Student Poster Award. Poster presented at the 2008 Great Basin Archaeological Conference. Portland, Oregon

2008b  Viewshed Analysis of Stored Resources in Range Creek Canyon. Poster presented at the 2008 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Vancouver B.C.

 

Clark, J.

2008a  Excavation and Geophysics at 42Em2861 in Range Creek, Utah. Poster presented at the 2008 Great Basin Archaeological Conference, Portland, Oregon.

2008b  Site Analysis and Excavation of the Fremont Site Big Village in Range Creek Canyon. Poster presented at the 2008 Society of American Archaeology Meetings,Vancouver B.C.        

 

Green, R.

2008a  Catchment Analysis using GIS to understand Prehistoric Foraging Behavior in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Poster presented at the 2008 Great Basin Archaeological Conference. Portland, Oregon

2008b  New Date from 42Em19 Confirms Intense Fremont Occupation of Range Creek Canyon, Utah.  Department of Anthropology, University of Utah and the Utah Museum of Natural History.  Society for      American Archaeology 2008.

 

Hart, I.A., K.L. Thomas and D.Metcalfe

2010 The Archaeology of Range Creek:  An Introduction.  Symposium:  Research Posters on the Hill:  A Celebration of Undergraduate Research.  Utah State Capitol Rotunda. Salt Lake City.        

 

Hill, B.

2008    Late Holocene Climate Reconstruction of Range Creek Canyon, Utah, Through Stable Isotope Analysis of Tree Rings. Poster presented at the 2008 Society of American Archaeology Meetings, Vancouver B.C.

 

Jones, K.T., D. Metcalfe, S. Gerber, J. Spangler, and R. Barlow.

2005    The Archaeology of Range Creek, Utah.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Salt Lake City

 

Metcalfe, D. and S. Arnold

2008    Exploring the cost of hoarding in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Poster presented at the 2008 Society of American Archaeology Meetings, Vancouver B.C.

 

Spurling, A.

2008    Range Creek Fremont Ceramic Sourcing Project. Poster presented at the 2008 Society of American Archaeology Meetings, Vancouver B.C.

 

Poster Session: Archaeological, Experimental, and Paleoecological Investigations in Range Creek Canyon, Society for American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting, Austin TX.

Chair: Shannon Boomgarden

Contributed Posters

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Corinne Springer, Isaac Hart, Michelle Knoll, and David Potter

2014    Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: Year One. Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

Hart, Isaac, Andrea Brunnelle, and Stacy Morris

2014    Comparing Paleoecological Proxy Data to the Archaeological Record in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

Knoll, Michelle

2014    The Identification of Genetic Variation in Ancient Maize: Preliminary Results. Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

Lewis, Michael, and Joan Coltrain

2014    Strontium Isotope Variability in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: A Pilot Study. Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

Metcalfe, Duncan, Corinne Springer, and Shannon Boomgarden

2014    Range Creek Canyon, The Advantage of “Place” Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

Potter, David, Shannon Boomgarden, Isaac Hart, and Duncan Metcalfe

2014    Microrefuse Analysis from Superimposed Structures at Big Village, Range Creek Utah. Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

Springer, Corinne, Duncan Metcalfe, Shannon Boomgarden, and David Potter

2014    Experimental Archaeology: What can we learn in the long run? Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

 

SYMPOSIA

Symposium: Current Research on the West Tavaputs Plateau – Ongoing Archaeological Investigations in Nine Mile and Range Creek Canyons, Utah. Great Basin Anthropological Conference 2014, Boise ID.

Chairs: Jody Patterson and Shannon Boomgarden

Abstract

The West Tavaputs Plateau, home to Nine Mile, Range Creek, and Desolation Canyons, has been the focus of renewed archaeological interest for the last decade. Multiple excavations, horticultural experiments, and modern survey data are providing new and exciting insights into the subsistence, land use, settlement patterns, horticultural technology, and economics of both prehistoric and historic inhabitants of the plateau. Unfortunately, the archaeological record over large swaths of the plateau is also under constant threat from vandalism, looting, and development impacts. This symposium brings together academic, nonacademic, and agency archaeologists working on the West Tavaputs Plateau and adjoining areas to share the results from their current and ongoing projects pertaining to the area’s rich occupation history and its continued preservation.

Contributed papers:

Boomgarden, Shannon A.

2014    Agricultural Productivity and Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Delivered at the 34th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Boise, ID.

 

Hart, Isaac

2014    2,000 Years of Vegetation and Fire from Billy Slope Bog, a Fremont Maize Field in Range Creek Canyon. Delivered at the 34th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Boise, ID.

 

Coltrain, Joan

2014    The Isotope Chemistry of Range Creek Maize, Experimental Gardening and Maize 13C and 15N. Delivered at the 34th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Boise, ID.

 

Springer, Corinne

2014    Smoke Signals: Coyote Tobacco Cache in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Delivered at the 34th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Boise, ID.

 

Symposium: Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon, 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA. Organizer: Shannon Arnold Boomgarden, Chair: Duncan Metcalfe, Discussant: Kevin Jones

Abstract

Range Creek Canyon is a mid-elevation canyon in the West Tavaputs Plateau in central Utah. Located in a very rugged and remote region, the canyon contains a remarkably intact record of an intense Fremont occupation between A.D. 900 – 1200. To date over 400 sites have been recorded and only a fraction of the canyon has been surveyed. This symposium focuses on the results and direction of research now centered at the recently established University of Utah field station. Paper topics include experimental archaeology, agricultural productivity, isotopic analysis of soils, high elevation occupation, remote sensing, palynology, fire history, obsidian sourcing and dating.

Contributed Papers

Arnold Boomgarden, S.

2011    A GIS Model of Irrigation in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Boomgarden, J.

2011    Experimental Archaeology: Granary Construction in Range Creek Canyon. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Brunnelle, A., L. Coats, and S. Morris

2011    Figuring it out as we go: Paleoecology in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Clark, J.

2011    Obsidian in Range Creek Canyon: A Sourcing and Hydration Analysis for Lithic Debitage and Tools. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Coats, L.

2011    The Distribution and Variety of High Elevation Sites in Range Creek canyon, Utah. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Coltrain, J.

2011    Evidence for Fremont Maize Farming in the Soil Organic Chemistry of Range Creek Canyon. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Green, R.

2011    Application of Ethnographic Foraging Catchment Data to Investigate Fremont Settlement Patterns in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Hart, I.

2011    A GIS 4,000 Year Pollen Record from Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Metcalfe, D.

2011    Time in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

Springer, C. and A. Kelsey

2011    Smoke Signals:The Positive Effects of Fire on the Germination and Growth of Nicotiana Attenuata (coyote tobacco). Paper presented in the symposium, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon at the 76th Annual meetings of the Society of American Archaeology, Sacramento CA.

 

PAPERS PRESENTED PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

Boomgarden, Shannon A.

2016    Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Delivered at the Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

2014a    Agricultural Productivity and Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Delivered at the 34th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Boise, ID.

2014b    Prehistoric Archaeology in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: A Summary of Activities of the Range Creek Field Station, paper delivered at the Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel, Spring Meeting, Weber State University.

2008    Range Creek Canyon: A Progress Report. Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel, Spring Meeting.

2007    Preliminary report of vandalism in Range Creek Canyon. Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel, Spring Meeting.

 

Boomgarden, Shannon A. and Duncan Metcalfe

2016    Storage Sites in Range Creek Canyon. Paper delivered at the Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel, Spring Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Boomgarden, S., and J. Boomgarden

2006    Range Creek: Survey and GIS 2002-2005.  Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel, Spring Meeting.

 

Barlow, K. Renee, and Duncan Metcalfe

2002    Storage Strategies, Caching, and the Economy of a Variable Environment.  Symposium:  The Archaeological and Historic Treasures of Range Creek, Utah.  Delivered at the 28th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Elko, NV.

 

Barlow, K. Renee, Bonnie Bass, Shannon Arnold, Joel Boomgarden, and Peter Nelson

2002    Locomotive Rock, Paper presented at the 28th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.

 

Boomgarden Joel, Peter Nelson, Shannon Arnold, and Bonnie Bass

  1. The Deluxe Apartment in the Sky, Paper presented at the 28th Great Basin   Anthropological Conference.

 

Jones, Kevin, Duncan Metcalfe, and Jerry Spangler

2002    The archaeological and historic treasures of Range Creek, Utah. Symposium organizers and chair. Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Elko, Nevada.

 

Jones, Kevin T.

2002    Why the sudden interest in Range Creek?  Background and future of the Range Creek Land Purchase. Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Elko, Nevada.

 

Jones, Kevin T. and Shannon A. Boomgarden

2012    Thieving Neighbors, Marauding Clans, or Warring Tribes: An Evolutionary Approach to Fremont Conflict. Delivered at the 33rd Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Stateline, NV.

 

Spangler, Jerry, Kevin Jones, Nick Jones, and Patrick Leary

2002    You can’t get there from here.  Cliff storage caches and implications for human predation. Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Elko, Nevada.

 

Metcalfe, Duncan

2005    Range Creek:  A Fresh Lens on Fremont Archaeology.  76th  Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society, Austin, Texas.

 

2002    The Range Creek Project.  Symposium:  The Archaeological and Historic  Treasures of Range Creek, Utah.  Delivered at the 28th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Elko, NV.

 

Metcalfe, Duncan, Shannon A. Boomgarden, Joan Brenner-Coltrain, and Corinne Springer

2012    Range Creek Field Station: A Case Study. Delivered at the 33rd Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Stateline, NV.

 

Metcalfe Duncan and Jerry Spangler

2002    The Range Creek Project.  Paper Presented at the 28th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.  Reno.

 

Metcalfe, Duncan, K. Renee Barlow, and Kevin T. Jones 

2005    Range Creek:  An Overview.  Utah Professional Archaeological Council  Winter Meeting, Salt Lake City.

 

Spangler, Jerry and Duncan Metcalfe

2002    Categories, Conundrums, and Radiocarbon Dates:  Temporal Frameworks for the Northern Colorado Plateau.  Delivered at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology. Denver.

 

Springer, Corinne H.

2008    Smoke ‘Em  If You’ve Got ‘Em: A Cached Bundle of Nicotiana attenuata . Found in Range Creek Canyon, Emery County, Utah.  Presented at the Utah Professional Archaeological Council Winter Meeting, Salt Lake City.

 

INVITED LECTURES

Boomgarden, Shannon A.

2014    Prehistoric Archaeology in Lower Range Creek Canyon, Utah: A Summary of Activities of the University of Utah Summer Archaeological Field School, Range Creek Canyon Field Station. Presentation to the Wyoming Archaeological Society.

2012    Range Creek Archaeology. Presentation for the BLM brown bag lunch series, Vernal BLM office.

2012    Range Creek Canyon. Presentation for the Natural History Museum of Utah, for the Scientist in the Spotlight series.

2012    Range Creek Field School, 2012 research design for survey and excavation. Presentation for the Natural History Museum of Utah, employee brown bag lecture series.

2011    Archaeology of Range Creek. Presentation for the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum, public lecture series.

2008    Archaeology. Presentation for the 6th grade, Eastwood Elementary school.

2007a  Survey and Excavation: Range Creek Canyon. Paper presented for the Utah Museum of Natural History employee lecture series.

2007b  Vandalism in Range Creek: A GIS Approach. University of Utah, Graduate Student Colloquium.

2006    Archaeology. Career Day Judge Memorial.

 

Boomgarden. S., and J. Boomgarden

2006    Review of the Archaeological Investigations in Range Creek Canyon. Paper presented for the Utah Museum of Natural History employee lecture series.

 

Boomgarden. S., R. Green and J. Clark

2009    Review Archaeology in Range Creek Canyon. Paper presented for the Kiwanis Club of Sugar House.

 

Hart, Isaac

2012    Excavations at Big Village (42Em2861). Presentation for the Natural History Museum of Utah, employee brown bag lecture series.

 

Jones, K. T.

2008  The Archaeology of the Tavaputs Plateau and Range Creek.  Utah Valley Historical Society, Provo.

2006  The Archaeology of Range Creek, Utah.  Presented to the Gray Berets, a group of retired physicians at McKay Dee Hospital, Ogden, Utah

2005  The extraordinary archaeology of Range Creek, Utah.  Presented to the Natural Resources Law Forum and the Wallace Stegner Center for Land,  Resources, and the Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.

2005  Range Creek:  Where are we headed?  Presented at the Utah Rock Art Research Association’s 25th Annual Symposium, Price, Utah.

2005  From Private to Public; The Acquisition of the Wilcox Ranch/Range Creek property by the State of Utah.  Presented at the Salt Lake City Library as part of a public symposium on Range Creek, sponsored by the Utah Museum of Natural History.

2004   Exciting archaeology at Range Creek, Utah.  Presented to the Amateur Archaeologists of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.

 

Jones, Kevin T. and Jerry D. Spangler

 2007  Protecting the Archaeology of Nine Mile and Range Creek Canyons.  Utah Heritage Foundation Utah Preservation Conference, Salt Lake City. 

 

Metcalfe, Duncan

2006   Archaeology of Range Creek.  Geology and Geophysics Guy F. Atkinson Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

2005a   The Archaeology and Paleoecology of Range Creek Canyon.  Colloquium  Series, Department of Geography, University of Utah.  Salt Lake City.

2005b   Range Creek Canyon:  Past, Present, and Future.  Public lectures, delivered at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Green River, Utah; College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum, Price, Utah; and Museum of the San Rafael, Castle Dale, Utah.

2005c  The Challenges of Conducting Archaeology in Range Creek.  Public lecture series, Discoveries at Range Creek:  New Perspectives on the Fremont People.  Delivered at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

 

Springer, Corinne H.

2012   Range Creek Field Station: Log Cabin Rehabilitation. Presentation for the Natural History Museum of Utah, employee brown bag lecture series.

2007   Archaeology in Range Creek. Presentation for the Lehi Elementary 4th Grade.

2006   Living in Range Creek: Facility Evaluation.    Paper presented for the Natural History Museum of Utah employee lecture series.

 

Yentsch, Andrew T.

2007    An Introduction to Dendrochronology.  A two day seminar for University   of Utah Archaeological Field School staff and students.  July 23 & 24, 2007.  Range Creek Canyon, Utah.

2006a  Dendrochronological Investigations in Range Creek, Utah.   The     Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research Seminar Series, University of Arizona, Tucson.  September 13, 2006. 

2006b  The Dendrochronology of Range Creek.  Utah Museum of Natural History  “Brown-bag” Lecture Series.  April 7, 2006.  Salt Lake City.

2006c  Dendroarchaeology of the Range Creek Fremont.  (Dr. Ron Towner, Dr.    Matt Salzer, Dr. Renee Barlow in absentia).  Utah Professional Archaeological Council Winter Meeting, Salt Lake City.

2005    An Introduction to Dendrochronology.  Presented to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Staff and University of Utah Archaeological Field School staff and students.  July 17, 2005.  Range Creek Canyon, Utah.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Boomgarden, Shannon

2015    Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

2009    An Application of ArcGIS Viewshed Analysis in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Utah Archaeology 22(1), pp. 15-30.

 

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Duncan Metcalfe, and Corinne Springer

2014    Prehistoric Archaeology in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: A Summary of Activities of the Range Creek Field Station. Utah Archaeology 27(1): 9-32.

 

Coats, Larry, Cole, K. L., and Mead, J. I.

(accepted by Quaternary Research) 50,000 years of vegetation and climate history on the Colorado Plateau, Utah and Arizona, USA.

 

Green, Rachelle

2009    A Review of Archaeological Resource Management Techniques. Utah Archaeology Utah Archaeology 22(1), pp. 63-74

 

DRAFTS AND REPORTS

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Corinne Springer, Duncan Metcalfe, and Andrew Yentsch

2014    Report of the Archaeological Investigations in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: University of Utah Archaeological Field School 2013 (U13UA0208bs). Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Darrin Day, Isaac Hart, Alexa Hudson, Erik Martin, Duncan Metcalfe, Corinne Springer, and Katie Thomas

2013    Report of the Archaeological Investigations in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: University of Utah Archaeological Field School 2011-2012 (U12UA1081bs). Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Boomgarden, Shannon, Jamie Clark, Rachelle Green, and Duncan Metcalfe

2008    Report of the 2007 Survey and Excavation at Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City Utah. 

 

Boomgarden, Shannon, Jamie Clark, Rachelle Green, and Duncan Metcalfe

2009    Report of the 2008 Survey and Excavation at Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City Utah. 

 

Boomgarden, Shannon, Katie Green, Corinne Springer, and Duncan Metcalfe

2010    Report of the 2009 Survey and Excavation at Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City Utah. 

 

Boomgarden, Shannon, Corinne Springer, Katie Green, Nathan Anderson, Katie Thomas, and Duncan Metcalfe

2011    Report of the 2010 Survey and Excavation at Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City Utah. 

 

Green, Rachelle

2007    An Archaeological Management Plan for Range Creek Canyon, Utah. For Submittal to Range Creek Canyon Land Managing Agencies. On file at the University of Utah, Department of Anthropology, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Spangler, Jerry, Shannon Boomgarden and Joel Boomgarden

2006    Chasing Ghosts: An Analysis of Vandalism and Site Degradation in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Unpublished manuscript, Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance.

 

Springer, Corinne and Shannon Boomgarden

2012   Lighthouse Wildfire Archaeological Survey Report.  Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City Utah. 

 

Springer, Corinne and Shannon Boomgarden

2016    2015 Range Creek Canyon Archaeological Survey Report (U15UA0275bps). Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Yentsch, Andy T., Joel Boomgarden, Shannon Boomgarden, and Jerry D. Spangler

2010    A Report of Archaeological Investigations in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: University of Utah Archaeological Field School 2005-2006.  Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City Utah. 

 

Yentsch, Andrew, Shannon Boomgarden, Corinne Springer, Joel Boomgarden, Jerry Spangler, and Duncan Metcalfe

2016    2004 Archaeological Investigations in Range Creek Canyon, Utah (U04UA0447bps)Manuscript on file at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

BOOK CHAPTER  

Metcalfe Duncan

            2008    Range Creek Canyon.  In The Great Basin:  People and Place in Ancient Times.  Edited by Catherine S. Fowler and Don D. Fowler, pp. 117-123. School of Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.