Archaeology of Clear Creek Canyon Author:Joel C. Janetski Clear Creek flows through a sparsely populated canyon in central Utah known for remarkable quantities of rock art. Along the creek are remains of abandoned villages, evidence of ancient farmers (called Fremont by archaeologists) who once made the canyon their home. Between 1983 and 1985 archaeologists from Brigham Young University, funded by t... more »he Utah Department of Transportation, carried out a massive research project to explore the history of these people. The impetus was the impending construction of Interstate 70 that would destroy archaeological sites in the path of the freeway. To recover threatened information and artifacts, archaeologists excavated five small caves, two storage granaries, and three villages. Five Finger Ridge, the largest village, was almost completely excavated. Archaeologists also documented the many rock art panels and searched the uplands for additional evidence of early human use.
This booklet presents the findings of this research and describes important new insights into the social and economic life of the Fremont and earlier peoples who lived here nearly a thousand years ago.« less