Archaeology studies prehistoric people and their cultures

At USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum you can experience many cultures - beginning at the end of the Ice Ages, approximately 14 thousand years ago!



Paleoindian13,000 - 10,000 years BP
Before Present (BP)

Musuem Highlight: 
Huntington Mammoth

The first people in Utah were Paleoindian hunter-gatherers who used atlatls and large stone-tipped darts, and spears.

Desert Archaic

Desert Archaic10,000 - 300 years BP
Before Present (BP)

Museum Highlight:
Barrier Canyon Mural

Pictographs located in Barrier Canyon date to about 3,000 years ago and are representative of the Archaic culture in eastern Utah.

Ancestral Puebloan/Anasazi

Ancestral/Puebloan/Anasazi300 BC - AD 1270
Before Christ (BC), Anno Domini  (AD)

Museum Highlight:
Developmental Pottery Display

Hitsatsinom are the Puebloan Peoples of the Southwest, formerly called the Anasazi. These people were Archaic hunter-gathers who adopted maize agriculture.



FremontAD 300 - 1350
Anno Domini "Year of Our Lord" (AD)

Musuem Highlight:

A combination of hunters, gatherers and farmers, the Fremont utilized the valleys and the abundant wild game to provide food and clothing for their families.

Ute Indians

UteAD 1400 - Present
Anno Domini "Year of Our Lord" (AD)

Museum Highlight:
Ute/Nuche Tipi

The Ute or Nuche lived primarily by hunting and collecting wild plant foods, and made their homes in brush wikiups. They used bows and arrows, digging sticks, and seed beaters.

Curation Information

Curation Agreement
Complete and print the Application for Curatorial Agreement

Curation Guidelines
Guidelines for collections to be reposited at the Prehistoric Museum

Catalog template for archaeology collections to be reposited at the Prehistoric Musuem