Students from the Entheos Academy
Partners with BLM on Petroglyph Recording
On September 26, 2012 staff from the Color Country District, conducted a petroglyph recording project with over 60 students, parents and staff from the Entheos Academy of Kearns, Utah. Currently, in its third year, this project introduces the students from the Entheos charter school to the concepts of archaeology and interests of American Indian Tribes. According to BLM Archaeologist Nathan Thomas the partnership with the Entheos Academy is a perfect fit for both organizations. Thomas states “It is amazing how having so many curious eyes on the ground can work to our advantage.” Thomas continues “Many times the students can find petroglyphs that we didn’t even know about.” Students were also instructed in the archaeology of the Great Basin and how to make and record scientific observations.
To the benefit of the BLM, all petroglyphs at the Black Point archeological site were marked with a simple GPS unit, photographed with a digital camera and described in a photo log. The information gathered from the students will be complied and submitted to the Nevada Rock Art Foundation who will be professionally recording the petroglyphs in 2013 under an assistance agreement with the BLM.
In addition to the petroglyph recording project, students and staff from this urban charter school got to experience public lands by camping at the BLM’s Three Peaks Recreation Area and hiking at the popular Kannaraville Falls trail. Students were also guided through the well-known petroglyphs at the Parowan Gap by BLM Recreation Technician, Jennifer Evans. The experience at Black Point helped the students gain an understanding of archaeology and prehistoric ways of life in preparation for their upcoming curriculum.