Archaeologists digging ahead of Utah dam

Kanab, Utah (AP) June 2010

Archaeologists are excavating a former Indian site in southern Utah before it’s flooded for a water project.

The Kane County Water Conservancy District is building the dam for the Jackson Flat Reservoir. It will hold water and make it available to farmers, and Kanab and Kane County will be entitled to take a share.

The archaeology is required by the National Historic Preservation Act because federal funding is covering part of the dam’s $12 million cost.

Tim Rogers, chairman of the Kaibab Band of Paiutes, says at least 20 sets of human remains have been located so far. They will be reburied in a new location.

The reservoir will flood about 15 archaeological sites. They include ancient Indian sites and pioneer settlements.