There will be an archaeological presentation about Kanab Creek on Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School, 733 South Cowboy Drive.

Dr. Jody Patterson will present findings from the recently completed Highway 89 road construction on the Ancestral Puebloans of Kanab Canyon and their constructed landscape. A brief history of environmental preparation for the construction project accenting the unique resources in the Kanab Canyon, including an understanding of tribal interests and concerns will be highlighted followed by Dr. Patterson the lead archaeologist for the project.

Kanab Canyon contains hundreds of archaeological sites. Although thousands of years of prehistory are represented by different kinds of artifacts and varying land use patterns, the Ancestral Puebloan presence is the most visible. Recent archaeological investigations in the canyon help elucidate how the pueblo peoples lived and worked in the canyon, and how the use of canyon environments provided many resources to the inhabitants of the greater Kanab region over 700 years ago. In this presentation, results will be shared of several excavations that have occurred in Kanab Canyon and how the findings are shaping current understanding of Kanab’s prehistoric residents.

The presentation is free to the public, will last approximately one hour and is presented by Utah Department of Transportation, Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), Kane County, Kanab City, Jacob Hamblin Days, and the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area Highway 89 Alliance.