May is archaeology and historic preservation month in Utah. Benjamin Pykles is an archaeologist who has worked to document and preserve the history of Iosepa, what some call a Hawaiian pioneer town, in Utah’s west desert. When immigrants from the Pacific Islands first arrived and settled in the Warms Springs neighborhood of Salt Lake in the late-1880s, Pykles said they did not receive a warm welcome:
Pykles will talk about Iosepa Wednesday, May 6, 2015, during a brown bag lecture at noon at the Utah State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande St., in Salt Lake City.
Use the player below to hear a longer conversation with Pykles, including details about the Iosepa petroglyphs and its big dipper connection to the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City:
Photos, l-r: a sea turtle from the Iosepa petroglyphs; a boulder showing the Big Dipper constellation. (Credit: Benjamin Pykles)
Photos, l-r: a closeup of the Big Dipper petroglyph in Iosepa; a drawing showing the rock art more clearly. (Credit: Benjamin Pykles)
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