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The R.O.I. on Archaeology, Iosepa with Ben Pykles

May 5, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
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Residents of Iosepa, circa 1914. (Credit: Utah State Historical Society)


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:


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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.

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Cemetery in Iosepa, Utah. (Credit: Benjamin Pykles)


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:

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Photos, l-r: a sea turtle from the Iosepa petroglyphs; a boulder showing the Big Dipper constellation. (Credit: Benjamin Pykles)


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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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