WSU Archaeology Director Discusses ‘Promontory Tradition’

OGDEN, Utah – Big-game hunting, ancient settlement patterns, subsistence systems and Native American cultural continuity are just some of the research interests of Weber State University anthropology professor Brooke Arkush. 
Arkush is the director of WSU’s archaeology program and will speak on the “Promontory Tradition of Northern Utah and Southern Idaho,” April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center.

The Promontory tradition dates between approximately A.D. 1250 and 1650 and is confined primarily to the northern Bonneville Basin. It is distinguished by several artifact traits, including distinct moccasin and pottery styles. A large segment of the Promontory population may have consisted of ancestral Apache and Navajo groups as they migrated southward from the subarctic and high plains into the southwest.

Arkush has taught at WSU since the fall of 1990 and was named a Presidential Distinguished Professor in the spring of 2011. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Weber Historical Society spring 2013 Lecture Series and is presented by WSU’s Department of History, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Alumni Association. For upcoming lectures in the series visit,

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