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Office of Public Archaeology (OPA)
The Office of Public Archaeology (OPA) was established to provide high quality professional archaeological consulting services to the public and private sectors while also giving practical field training to BYU students majoring in Archaeology. OPA provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for hands-on experience and paid employment in the field of professional archaeology, and at the same time keeps BYU at the forefront of local and regional archaeological research. Students participate in field survey and excavations; working under deadlines; instrument surveying; photography; regulatory requirements; government and client networking; computer database management and word processing.
OPA was officially organized in March of 1981. Richard K. Talbot currently serves as Director. OPA employs BYU Anthropology graduate students as crew chiefs, and undergraduate students as crew members. External consultants are employed on an “as-needed” basis. OPA has carried out projects throughout Utah, and in parts of Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona.
OPA has a diverse clientele, including Federal, State and local agencies, and private sector groups whose emphases include utilities construction, oil and gas exploration, mining, road construction, water projects, etc. Staff and employees have produced well over 800 technical reports and several professional articles and publications since 1981.
These vary from reports on smaller projects carried out by individuals, to much larger excavations or survey projects involving large crews and extensive field and laboratory work.
OPA Contact Information
Telephone: (801) 422-7778
Cell: (801) 319-0908
Fax: (801) 422-0026
Office of Public Archaeology
Brigham Young University
2201 N. Canyon Road
Provo, UT 84602
2201 N. Canyon Road
Provo, UT 84602
For more information about the OPA, visit their website here.
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures produces two types of publications:
These publications are intended for the average reader. The language is edited to be friendly to non-professional archaeologists.
This is an edited and refereed series focusing on presenting archaeological research carried out by Brigham Young University. These texts are intended for a professional audience and tend to be quite technical.
Both of the above publications may be purchased at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Check availabilty of publications prior to paying. For more info email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
These publications are intended for the average reader. The language is edited to be friendly to non-professional archaeologists. Popular Series publications can be purchased in-house at the Museum.
Check availability of publications prior to paying.
Anasazi: Among the Vermillion Cliffs
Popular Series #6
Edited by Deborah C. Harris, Jaime L. Davis, and Paul R. Stavast
Exploring the Talbot Collection.
Touching the Past: Ritual Religion, and Trade at Casas Grandes
Popular Series #5 -- $25.00
Edited by Glenna Nielsen-Grimm and Paul Stavast. 2008. 156 pages.
This catalogue is a companion to the exhibition Touching the Past: Traditions of Casas Grandes at the MPC from April 2007 to April 2009.
Mesoamerica Influences in the Southwest: Kachinas, Macaws, and Feathered Serpents
Popular Series #4 -- $12.00
Edited by Glenna Nielsen-Grimm and Paul Stavast. 2008. 85 pages.
This catalogue is a collection of mentored student research papers to accompany the exhibit Kachinas of the Southwest: Dances, Dolls, and Rain at the MPC.
Relics Revisited: The Pectol-Lee Collection from Capitol Reef, New Perspectives on an Early 20th Century Collection
Popular Series #3 -- $45.00
Edited by Marti Lu Allen and Mauri L. Nelson. 2002. 404 pages.
This catalogue is a companion to the exhibition In Search of Relics: The Pectol-Lee Collection of Artifacts from Capitol Reef at the MPC from June 2001 to May 2004.
Of Earth, Stone, and Corn: The Anasazi and their Puebloan Descendants
Out of Print, Available at the Museum to read.
Popular Series #2
Archaeology of Clear Creek Canyon
Popular Series #1 -- $10.00
By Joel C. Janetski. 1998. xv + 115 pages
This volume presents the findings of archaeological research that took place from 1983 to 1985 along Clear Creek Canyon in central Utah. This book is distributed by the Museum of Peoples and Cultures.
This is an edited and refereed series focusing on presenting archaeological research carried out by Brigham Young University. These texts are intended for a professional audience and tend to be quite technical. These Occasional Papers can be purchased in-house at the Museum.
Check availability of publications prior to paying.
An Archaeological Legacy: Essays in Honor of Ray T. Matheny
Occasional Paper #18
Edited by Deanne G. Matheny, Joel C. Janetski, and Glenna Nielsen
Excavations at Aspen Shelter: A Deer Hunting Camp on the Old Woman Plateau
Occassional Paper #17
Joel C. Janetski and James D. Wilde. 2012. v + 107 pages
Archaeology and the Native American History of Fish Lake, Central Utah
Occasional Paper #16 -- $30.00
Joel C. Janetski. 2010. 248 pages
BYU archaeologists and members of the Koosharem and Kanosh Bands of the Paiute Tribe of Utah joined forces to explore the pre-European history of the Fish Lake archaeological project.
At Rest in Zion: The Archaeology of Salt Lake City’s First Pioneer Cemetery
Occasional Paper #14 -- $25.00
Shane A. Baker. 2011.146 pages
Details the protective efforts of archaeologists to excavate and document Mormon burial grounds uncovered by construction beneath Salt Lake City.
Shifting Sands: The Archaeology of Sand Hollow
Occasional Paper #13 -- $45.00
Richard K. Talbot and Lane D. Richens. 2008. 400 pages.
Summarizes archaeological, geomorphological, botanical, and climatological studies that have expanded our understanding of Native American land use and subsistence in the Sand Hollow Basin of SW Utah.
Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology in Utah Valley
Occasional Paper #12 -- $50.00
Joel C. Janetski and Grant C. Smith. 2007. 432 pages.
This volume contains detailed descriptions of Utah Valley ecology and results of excavations at several hunter-gatherer valley and upland occupations and is focused mainly on the post-Fremont period.
Life on the Edge: Archaeology in Capitol Reef National Park
Occasional Paper #11
Joel C. Janetski, Lee Kreutzer, Richard K. Talbot, Lane D. Richens, and Shane A. Baker
Fremont Farming and Mobility on the Far Northern Colorado Plateau
Occasional Paper #10 -- $30.00
Richard K. Talbot and Lane D. Richens. 2004. vi + 170 pages.
Synthesizes archaeological research in the Steinaker Lake area of the Uinta Basin in which the sites examined date to the early Fremont period and represent the material remains of mobile farmers.
New Dimensions in Rock Art Studies
Occasional Paper #9 -- $30.00
Edited by Ray Matheny. 2004. x + 244 pages.
With articles by eight eminent scholars, this volume contributes significantly to scholarly literature on rock art of the Intermountain region.
Archaeology at the Boyhood Home of Joseph Smith, Jr. Palmyra, New York
Occasional Paper #8
Out of Print
Clear Creek Canyon Archaeological Project: Results and Synthesis
Occasional Paper #7 -- $30.00
Joel C. Janetski, Richard K. Talbot, Deborah E. Newman, Lane Richens, and James D. Wilde. 2000. ix + 295 pages.
This volume contains a synthesis of the Clear Creek Archaeological Project, integrating data, adding to our knowledge of the Fremont, and reconstructing portions of Fremont life in Clear Creek Canyon.
Rock Art of Clear Creek Canyon in Central Utah
Occasional Paper #6 -- $30.00
Shane A. Baker and Scott E. Billat. 1999. viiix + 180 pages.
The authors of this report describe, illustrate, and analyze the abundant rock art of Clear Creek Canyon.
Excavations at Five Finger Ridge, Clear Creek Canyon, Central Utah
Occasional Paper #5 -- $50.00
Richard K. Talbot, Lane D. Richens, James D. Wilde, Joel C. Janetski, and Deborah Newman. 2000. 720 pages.
This volume reports on the archaeological excavation of the largest Fremont site excavated to date as well as the analysis of the massive quantity of material culture recovered.
Excavations at Icicle Bench, Radford Roost, and Lott’s Farm, Clear Creek Canyon, Central Utah
Occasional Paper #4 -- $25.00
Richard K. Talbot, Lane D. Richens, James D. Wilde, Joel C. Janetski, and Deborah E. Newman. 1999.ix + 161 pages.
This volume reports on excavations of three Fremont structural sites in the canyon. Two of these were excavated during the BYU Clear Creek project while one (Lott’s Farm) was excavated by the Antiquities Section at the Division of State History.
Archaeological Surveys and Limited Excavations, Clear Creek Canyon, Central Utah
Occasional Paper #3 -- $30.00
Richard K. Talbot, Lane D. Richens, James D. Wilde, Joel C. Janetski, and Deborah E. Newman. 1998. x + 270 pages.
This volume presents findings of several archaeological surveys as well as excavations of sheltered sites and granaries in Clear Creek Canyon.
Steinaker Gap: An Early Fremont Farmstead
Occasional Paper #2 -- $35.00
Richard K. Talbot and Lane D. Richens. 1996
A significant cultural level was found at Steinaker Gap site, directly in front and at the base of the Steinaker Reservoir Dam. Associated with this level were numerous cultural features, including large and small pits, larger use depressions, and two ditches.
Wetland Adaptations in the Great Basin: Papers from the Twenty-first Great Basin Anthropological Conference
Occasional Paper #1 -- $20.00
Edited by Joel C. Janetski and David B. Madsen. 1990. vi + 285 pages.
Collected papers from the 21st Great Basin Anthropological Conference, with focus on fishing gear, faunal remains, and shifts in strategies in specific marsh and riverine settings.
The Museum houses collections from all over the world. Our main collections consist of artifacts from the Great Basin, the Northern Southwest (including the Anasazi), Casas Grandes, Southern Mesoamerica, Polynesia, and Ancient Peru.
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