Tag Archives: Vernal

Dinosaur National Monument Rock Art

“Vernal Style” Fremont petroglyph panel found on the north side of Island Park Road, about 30 minutes from the Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center. The dirt/gravel road is drivable with a passenger car, as long as it’s dry. The viewable … Continue reading

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Tornado warnings, professional rock stacking, deer crossings and Yankee Pot Roast…

Today was probably our last day out in the field for this project.   We had planned a half day tomorrow, but with the uncontrolled amount of rain that blew into the project area (sideways) late this afternoon and this evening, … Continue reading

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Arroyo devours archaeologist, news at 11:00…

We found it.  We found the “Mother Ship”.  The one that the petroleum industry beings came here in.  They are from another planet–I knew it!  Actually, it’s just a big (HUGE) fabric shed thing that they store trucks in.  From … Continue reading

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Vernal, Round 2!

We’re back for the second session–ten more nights at the Vernal Best Western “Antlers”, all we can eat breakfast buffet at JB’s next door, and creative butter displays at dinner!  Today we welcomed a new crew member (Hey Brian!) and … Continue reading

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CRM in Vernal Part I, almost complete..

Tonight was the last night of our first 10-day session here in lovely Vernal, Utah.  Tonight we dined at the Quarry Brew House, after a day of dodging rain and lightening–we lost that one around 2′oclock and had to escape … Continue reading

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Cans, cans and more cans, and then some chert…

Yesterday began as a fairly typical CRM work day. Three of us headed into the field, while the remaining two stayed behind to babysit the injured vehicle. Kara “Ten Ply” and Linnie “G” (we’re coming up with our own “Jersey … Continue reading

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Another day another dinner…

Yesterday we focused on surveying in the largest of the two blocks in our project area. We were ticking off mile long transects, pin-flagging isolated artifacts and sites as we went along. The goal being to finish the pedestrian survey, … Continue reading

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Sagebrush and crazed buffalo

Our first day on the project! Just about two hours south of Vernal, UT lies a big patch of sagebrush and juniper scrub that will soon be divested of it’s oil shale. We spent our day transecting north to south … Continue reading

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Oil shale, CRM and a PAYCHECK!

For the next few weeks I’ll be working on an actual paid project near Vernal, Utah: gateway to Dinosaur National Monument and beyond!  This is a “CRM” (cultural resources management) survey of a proposed oil shale development.  I’ll be a … Continue reading

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