It’s a lotta ‘latl’ for GCMS students to learn about

By Doug McMurdo • The Times-Independent

Grand County Middle School students will step back in time Oct. 1 through 5–from 500 to 12,000 years to be precise–during Social Studies Week, dubbed Prehistoric Archaeology Camp 2018.

Andrea Stoughton, education program director at the Museum of Moab, will introduce the students to prehistoric cultures: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Freemont and Ancestral Puebloean, with the goal of helping students understand the interaction between Utah’s geography and its inhabitants, as well as the contributions Native Americans have made to the culture of Utah.

Stoughton said Audrey Pefferman, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management will be on hand for the annual event.

An art project will involve the students as they learn about petroglyphs–rock art that is etched or pecked—and how it differs from pictographs, which is painted rock art. They also will learn about the Three Sisters – the Native American diet of corn, beans and squash as part of a garden project, said Stoughton.

Seventh graders will play the Ute hand game and eighth graders the Navajo stick game on what should be a fun Friday.

Stoughton has long been excited to introduce students to the atlatl, which she describes as a stick with a handle on one end and a hook used for a spear or dart on the other end. She said flipping the atlatl propels the spear up to 60 mph over the length of a football field.