John Jarvie Ranch: A Test Case for the Future of Public Interpretation


This is a poster submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Tucked into the northeast corner of Utah, and along the Green River and the Outlaw Trail frequented by the likes of Butch Cassidy, the John Jarvie Ranch is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Vernal Field Office as a public interpretive site. In 2019, the Utah Division of State History and Digital Heritage Interactive, LLC initiated a project to assist the BLM in a multi-pronged effort to improve management of the site and increase public awareness and interaction with this unique historical treasure. Using standard site documentation and artifact cataloging efforts and coupling them with digital reconstruction and interpretive technology, this isolated ranch is a test-case on using 21st century means of educating the public on the importance of archaeology while also helping land managers effectively protect this resource for the next generation.

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John Jarvie Ranch: A Test Case for the Future of Public Interpretation. Chris Merritt, Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Chase Roberts, Diana Gonzalez-Tennant. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457442)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 910