Utah Avocational – Identified Rock Imagery


The Utah State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in conjunction with the Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA) contracted with Logan Simpson in 2020 to conduct targeted archaeological site documentation at rock imagery locations on various land jurisdictions in Carbon, Sanpete, and Sevier Counties in central Utah. Project goals were to obtain baseline information of rock imagery sites to assist with management and interpretive efforts, prepare public products to increase awareness about fragile rock imagery, and incorporate volunteers. Logan Simpson coordinated with SHPO, land managers, and URARA to revisit GPS locations, update/record rock imagery sites to modern standards alongside URARA volunteers, and conduct on-site filming for use in a public video. The result was documentation of 18 newly recorded sites and updates for 53 previously recorded sites. The video features stunning aerial imagery, in-field interviews with archaeologists and volunteers, and centers on themes of preservation, stewardship, and public involvement in cultural resources management.