Witch's Knoll

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324900
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Title Witch's Knoll
Description enemy attack. Their culture is eight to eleven hundred years old, and it shows a close kinship to that of the cliff-dwellers of Mesa Verde, Colorado, but does not seem to have been as highly skilled or as intelligent. A wealth of information was found in the Pea Body report from the University of Utah Archeological Investigations in Central Utah. This information was in the papers of Elmer S. Smith, now deceased, formerly of Snow College and the Univer-sity of Utah faculties. He excavated the construction and sizes of the dwellings. The following is information from the report: "This site, locally known as Witch's Knoll, is located about three miles southeast of the town of Ephraim and rises about sixty feet above the level of the valley floor. Its north-south length is about 735 feet, and its east-west length is about 600 feet. This site was called Excavation 1 and covers all of the Knoll and extends into the valley to the east. The early settlers of Ephraim stated that much of the farmland near the Knoll was covered with similar mounds. Some of the mounds were void of vegetation, others were covered by a scanty growth of sage brush. Pottery is scattered over a wide sur-face area as well as metates, manos, flints and arrow points. Many of the mounds have been "pot-hunted." Excavation 1 began as a clearing-out project of some debris made by "pot-hunters" in one of the mounds. After much of the dirt had been cleared out of the trench, metates were encountered slightly to the west of the original trench -- at a depth of 22 1/2 inches. Pottery was found closley asso- ciated with the metates and on the same level. Further exca-vation proved all the wall except about a third of the west side had been destroyed by vandalism, and very little could be learned from the wrecked remains. It seemed to be a very unproductive 'dig" because it had been so thoroughly vandalized by amateur archeologists, but Mr. Smith nevertheless opened other houses to help clear points of construction. He found pieces of charcoal, beams or poles that had held the flat roofs, and sandstone slabs lying about that had lined the adobe-coated walls. He un-covered one dwelling with the remains of a fireplace. -15-
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Identifier 025_Witch's Knoll.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324897
Reference URL