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GSA 2009: A 3,000-year-old pit house in the American West

Posted on behalf of Rex Dalton The oldest dwelling structure in Utah — dated to 3,000 years ago — was reported this week, offering a glimpse of ancient life in the Great Salt Lake Basin. The pit house structure was located near a river bed in the highly developed Salt Lake City region after a team of scientists persevered for years to study the location without project funding. Some now fear the potentially important site may be lost to development, with but a plaque to mark the location. In a lecture at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of 


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