April 21, 2022

Celebrate Prehistory Week 2022 at the Prehistoric Museum, May 2nd-9th


Join the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum for their annual Prehistory Week celebration, part of Utah’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. This year’s theme is Pottery on the Plateau, with events all week long highlighting how ceramics have been used in the daily lives of people for thousands of years. Join us at the museum and other places around our community as we celebrate ceramics during the first week of May. You can find all of the events listed on the schedule or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for any questions you may have.

Prehistory Week

May 2nd-9th, 2022
Pottery on the Plateau

All Week

How do they do it? Watch master potter John Olsen (Boulder, UT) demonstrate traditional corrugated pottery techniques. Prehistoric Museum

Monday 5/2 - 5-7pm

Modern Ceramics. Join us for an open house of Royster Ceramics, a working ceramic studio in the heart of Historic Downtown Helper. Join museum staff for walking tours of downtown every half hour from 5-7. Downtown Helper

Tuesday 5/3 - 12-5pm

Clay sourcing field trip. Join our Curator of Archaeology as we visit some clay sources and learn about how the Fremont made their pottery (and other tools) from the desert around us. Meet at the Prehistoric Museum

Wednesday 5/4

12-5pm Hands on. Watch our Conservator put a broken pot together and help her match the puzzle pieces. Prehistoric Museum

5-7 pm USU Eastern studio tour and demonstration. Professor Kanyusik will demonstrate coiled pottery and other clay sculpting techniques. Participants will be ale to build their own pinch pot. USU Eastern Campus, Center Instructional Building

Thursday 5/5 - 7-8pm

Identifying Fremont Pottery Types. Lane Richens, BYU Office of Public Archaeology, and Charmaine Thompson, USFS Manti-La Sal will give a talk on how to identify ceramic types. Prehistoric Museum

Friday 5/6 5-7pm

School drawing contest awards ceremony and reception. "Decorate your own pot" submissions from local schools will be judged and 1st - 3rd prize given for each grade. Awards for each and reception with light refreshments. Prehistoric Museum

Saturday 5/7

FAMILY DAY! Join us for FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION all day and activities 10am - 2pm in the Don L. Burge classroom at the museum. Prehistoric Museum

Monday 5/9

12-5 pm Ceramic Cataloging. Help the museum identify and catalog ceramic sherds. No prior experience necessary. Prehistoric Museum

7-8 pm Virtual Lecture: Culture in Clay: The Plateau's Cultural Diversity through Ceramics. Join Utah's State Historic Preservation Officer D. Christopher Merritt as he explores the historic ceramic record of Utah. Online through Zoom or Facebook.



Pilling Figurine


Tim Riley
Director and Curator of Archaeology
USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum
(435) 613-5290

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