December 7, 2023

Ancient cliff dwellers exhibit


The Prehistoric Museum unveiled its latest and most ambitious exhibit, yet featuring the ancient cliff dwellers of Southeastern Utah
The exhibit centers around a full-sized, walk-through cliff dwelling apartment, and highlights some of the artifacts recovered from the Westwater (Five Kiva) Cliff Dwelling near Blanding, Utah. A scale-model diorama of this cliff dwelling shows daily life during the cliff dwelling’s heyday in 1245 AD.
It was unveiled on Dec. 2 and Museum Director Kenneth Carpenter said, “We want to share this new exhibit to the community . . . We also want the community to see some of the other new exhibits installed this past year.
The unveiling was followed by a lecture by Dr. Jonathan Till on the excavations and research at the Westwater Cliff Dwelling during the 1970s. Till is the curator of collections at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, and arranged for the loan of the artifacts featured in the new exhibit.