Thursday, June 06, 2013

Archeology Field Day at Camp Floyd State Park


Archeology Field DayCamp Floyd’s first Archeology Field Day is designed to allow visitors the opportunity to learn more about the archeological digs performed at Camp Floyd by Brigham Young University from 1982 to 1993.  Most of the artifacts in Camp Floyd’s collection were discovered in these excavations.

Participate in a mock archeological dig, etch your own petroglyph, view Camp Floyd artifacts which are usually in storage, make adobe bricks, participate in a scavenger hunt, and more!  Archaeology day will be June 15, 2013,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All activities will be continuous during that time.  A re-enactor will tell the story of Camp Floyd at 11 a.m. and 1p.m.  These activities also fulfill requirements 8c and 9b of the Archeology Merit Badge for Boy Scouts. All activities outside the museums are free of charge. Standard museum entrance fees of $2 per person or $6 per family still apply. Food concession will be available to purchase at the event.

Established in 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops then in the United State. The army was sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion which never took place. The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War. Today, the park museum houses artifacts and exhibits from this historic event.

Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on State Highway 73. For more information about the event or park, please contact the park at 801-768-8932.

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