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Glen Canyon
Canyon
is a natural canyon in the Vermilion Cliffs
Vermilion Cliffs
area of southeastern and south-central Utah
Utah
and north-central Arizona
Arizona
in the United States. Like the Grand Canyon
Canyon
to the south, Glen Canyon
Canyon
is part of the immense system of canyons carved by the Colorado River
Colorado River
and its tributaries. In 1963, a reservoir, Lake Powell, was created by the construction of the Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam, flooding much of Glen Canyon
Canyon
beneath water hundreds of feet in depth. Lake Powell
Lake Powell
was the result of negotiations over the controversial damming of the Green River within Dinosaur National Monument, a project which was abandoned in favor of the Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam. The dam remains a central issue for modern environmentalist movements. Beginning in the late 1990s, the Sierra Club and other organizations renewed the call to dismantle the dam and drain Lake Powell
Lake Powell
in Lower Glen Canyon. Today, Glen Canyon
Canyon
and Lake Powell
Lake Powell
are managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior within Glen Canyon
Canyon
National Recreation Area.

Contents

1 Pre-dam history and rescue archaeology

1.1 Excavations 1.2 Prehistoric cultural periods 1.3 Natural resources for tool-making 1.4 Historic period

2 Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam 3 See also 4 References 5 External links 6 Further reading

Pre-dam history and rescue archaeology[edit]

Glen Canyon

Around 1956, archaeologists and biologists from the University of Utah and the Museum of Northern Arizona, using National Park research grants, planned an emergency excavation of Lower Glen Canyon, which was soon to be flooded by the new Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam. Between 1958 and 1960, four investigative phases, combined with other surveys prior to 1957, discovered 250 archaeological sites within the canyon. The Lower Glen Canyon
Canyon
survey was completed in 1958. Excavations[edit] Excavations began during the summer of 1958 on 16 sites. A thesis emerged that prehistoric people living permanently on the highlands south of Glen Canyon, and on the Cummings Mesa, farmed the Lower Glen Canyon
Canyon
on a seasonal basis, and gathered raw materials. To prove this thesis of seasonal habitation, criteria such as architectural units, locations of trail systems, occurrence of ceremonial structures, prevalence of burials, and position of natural and cultural strata. Four types of sites are described in the survey classified as either open sites situated on rock terraces; talus sites on broken material below cliffs; shelter sites in protected areas under overhanging cliffs; and cliff sites beneath ledges or in caves and canyon walls. Open sites are the majority on both sides of the river. The majority of sites, mostly Navajo camps, feature lithic garbage or ceramics, or both. Talus sites are rarely recorded. Most of the cultural remains found are chipped stone tools (lithic materials), including projectile points, scrapers, drills, knives, choppers, and ground stone tools and manos (grinders). The collection of sherds are mostly Tusayan Gray Ware and Tusayan White Ware. Petroglyph
Petroglyph
panels are found throughout Glen Canyon. “Pecked and incised figures depict mountain sheep, human figures, birds, human handprints and animal tracks. Geometric figures range from circles and spirals to highly complex rectilinear patterns. The human figures have triangular bodies. Painted figures have been reported for both sides of the river.... Petroglyph
Petroglyph
panels of such quality are lacking from the highland regions adjacent to Glen Canyon” (Long 61). Prehistoric cultural periods[edit] Studies indicate a chronology for the Lower Glen Canyon
Canyon
prehistory, “from pre-A.D. 1 to the 15th century and recorded history from 1776 to the present” (Long 61).

A Late Basketmaker II Era
Late Basketmaker II Era
(generally AD 50-500) is represented by several sites. Radiocarbon
Radiocarbon
dates from charcoal material are from A.D. 250 to 440 (plus or minus 80 years). Basketmaker III is not found in the Lower Glen Canyon, but is documented in Navajo Canyon, a large left bank tributary of the Colorado
Colorado
River, within the geographical area of the Lower Glen Canyon
Canyon
(Long 62). Basketmaker III introduces fired pottery, mostly Lino Black-on-gray and Lino Gray, and some small amounts of Lino Fugitive Red and Obelisk Gray. The Basketmaker culture is believed to have lasted later than Pueblo I. Pueblo I Era
Pueblo I Era
(AD 750-900) remains are found at Rock Creek in Lower Glen Canyon, and in Navajo Canyon. The pottery types are Kana-a Black-on-white, Deadmans Black-on-red, and Kana-a Gray, made from deposits found in Lizard Alcove. Pueblo I is the best documented period of Navajo Canyon, beginning in 800 A.D, lasting 200 years. “Pueblo II in Navajo Canyon
Canyon
is represented by the absence of Kana-a Black-on-white and the dominance of Black Mesa Black-on-white” (Long 62). Pueblo II (AD 900-1100) and early Pueblo III is the best documented cultural area in Lower Glen Canyon
Canyon
corresponding with habitation on Cummings Mesa. Pottery includes mostly Tusayan varieties, Black-on-white, Black-on-red, and Red Wear Polychromes. Hopi
Hopi
people from the Jeddito area came into the canyons in the 14th century, represented by Yellow Wares, mostly Jeddito Black-on-yellow, and Jeddito plain.

Most of the ceramic material found in the main canyon was probably made in the highlands, although it is possible some pottery was manufactured in Lower Glen Canyon. Clay deposits are found along the river, and some crude pottery specimens, that may have been made there. Only four burials were found in Lower Glen Canyon
Canyon
at three sites. Trash dumps are not very common at most sites. This is more evidence to suggest the seasonal occupation of hunters and farmers. Cultural similarities are based on the presence, or absence, of certain types of ceramic wares (Long 63). Group types of pottery including Kayenta (Tusayan and Tsegi Orange Ware), Virgin (San Juan Red and White Wares), with Fremont, and Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde
or Anasazi
Anasazi
types of White and Desert Gray Ware were found mostly on the right bank of the Colorado. Basketmaker II is characterized by a lack of pottery, as well as above ground and underground cists lined with slabs. There is very little evidence of permanent occupation except at Talus Ruin, a small pueblo with a kiva, a ceremonial structure, made mostly of masonry, featuring jacal walls of sticks and reeds set in mortar in a single row of masonry. The presence of metates are evidence that campsites with slab-lined hearths being inhabited for longer periods. Agricultural structures are not found in the main lower canyon, and no formalized fields are found in the main canyon because of alleviation and slope wash burying (Long, 66). Houses, when found, were mostly sandstone slab with mortar, having one to seven rooms. “Well constructed mealing bins which usually denote permanency were lacking in the Lower Glen Canyon. In contrast, on Cummings Mesa at Surprise Pueblo, there was one entire room devoted to mealing bins…” (Long 65). In the highlands, granaries were near or incorporated into permanent Pueblos, compared with smaller ones near temporary sites in the Canyon
Canyon
(Long 66). “Home Base” pueblos in the nearby highlands on Cummings Mesa and Paiute Mesa are believed to support the temporary farming and the hunting parties who used an extensive trail system in the main canyon, still in use today.

Hite Crossing Bridge
Hite Crossing Bridge
of State Route 95 at Glen Canyon

Natural resources for tool-making[edit] “Stone tool manufacturing appears to have been an important industry for the entire Glen Canyon
Canyon
region, perhaps one of the major reasons for occupation” (Long 66). Cryptocrystalline rocks fill the Pleistocene
Pleistocene
gravel beds on the Carmel platforms. Scattered lithic tools and materials indicate workshops of various sizes. There is a lack of siliceous material in the highlands, but tools are found there made from the gravel beds in the river. There are very few ground stone artifacts, such as manos, metates, and scrapers, found in the main canyon, since these tools are mainly found in the highlands. In the main canyon, a large number of chipped implements, ranging from small arrowheads to large knives, are found. Finished tools, and possibly blanks taken to the mesa, were probably used for trade. Historic period[edit] The recorded history of the canyon begins with the Dominguez-Escalante expedition in 1776, during which Spanish explorers first documented the existence of Glen Canyon. In 1869 and again in 1872, expeditions led by John Wesley Powell traveled through the canyon, resulting in the first formal surveys of the main channel and many of the side canyons. Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam[edit] Main article: Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam In the 1950s, with the proposal of a dam upstream of the Grand Canyon for water storage and hydroelectric power generation, many environmentalist groups rallied to prevent the inundation of the largely undeveloped canyons in the upper Colorado River
Colorado River
watershed. The Sierra Club
Sierra Club
and its leader, David Brower, were instrumental in blocking the proposed Echo Park Dam
Echo Park Dam
in Dinosaur National Monument, but ignored Glen Canyon
Canyon
in the process. Before Glen Canyon
Canyon
was flooded in 1963, but after the struggle in Congress, Brower and many others floated the Colorado River
Colorado River
through the canyon and realized the tremendous resource it was. The experience transformed Brower's attitude towards environmental preservation, making him more radical and less likely to compromise. It was very similar to the experience of John Muir
John Muir
with the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. For Brower, it steeled him for the battle over a proposed dam in the Grand Canyon. American writer Edward Abbey
Edward Abbey
also documented his experience exploring Glen Canyon
Canyon
from the Colorado River
Colorado River
prior to the completion of Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam in his 1968 memoir Desert Solitaire, in the chapter titled "Down the River". See also[edit]

Glen Canyon
Canyon
National Recreation Area Glen Canyon
Canyon
Institute

References[edit]

Jennings, Jesse D. Glen Canyon: An Archaeological Summary. University of Utah
Utah
Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1966, republished 1998. ISBN 0-87480-584-8. Long, Paul V. Jr. Archaeological Excavations in Lower Glen Canyon, Utah, 1959-1960. Museum of Northern Arizona
Arizona
Bulletin No. 42 – Glen Canyon
Canyon
Series No. 7. The Northern Arizona
Arizona
Society of Science and Art (Flagstaff, 1966)

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Glen Canyon.

glencanyon.org information from the Glen Canyon
Canyon
Institute Glen Canyon
Canyon
Natural History Association

Further reading[edit]

Crampton, C. Gregory. Ghosts of Glen Canyon: History Beneath Lake Powell, revised edition (2009). ISBN 978-0-87480-946-6 Eliot Porter (Photographer), Daniel P Beard (Preface), David Brower (Foreword) (Eds., 1997). The Place No One Knew - Glen Canyon
Canyon
on the Colorado
Colorado
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; Cmv edition (July 21, 2000). ISBN 978-0-87905-971-2. Fowler, Don D. The Glen Canyon
Canyon
Country, (2011). ISBN 978-1-60781-134-3 Abbey, Edward. "Desert Solitaire", chapter 12, "Down the River", (1968) Publisher: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-345-25021-6

v t e

Glen Canyon
Canyon
National Recreation Area

Bodies of water

Coyote Gulch Horseshoe Bend Lake Powell Padre Bay

Geology

Cataract Canyon Glen Canyon Gregory Natural Bridge Music Temple Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Facilities

Bullfrog Marina Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam Hite Crossing Bridge Lee's Ferry
Lee's Ferry
and Lonely Dell Ranch

Related

Risks to the Glen Canyon
Canyon
Dam Wahweap, Lake Powell

v t e

Colorado River
Colorado River
system

Jurisdictions

United States

Arizona California Colorado Nevada New Mexico Utah Wyoming

Mexico

Baja California Sonora

Canyons

Byers Canyon Gore Canyon Red Gorge Glenwood Canyon De Beque Canyon Horsethief Canyon Ruby Canyon Westwater Canyon Cataract Canyon Narrow Canyon Glen Canyon Grand Canyon

Marble Canyon Granite Gorge Middle Granite Gorge Lower Granite Gorge

Grand Wash Canyon Iceberg Canyon Virgin Canyon Boulder Canyon Black Canyon Pyramid Canyon Mohave Canyon

Natural features

River course Rocky Mountains Colorado River
Colorado River
Basin Colorado
Colorado
Plateau Grand Lake Horseshoe Bend Sonoran Desert Mojave Desert Lower Colorado River
Colorado River
Valley Mohave Valley Parker Valley Palo Verde Valley Colorado
Colorado
Desert Alamo River New River Salton Sea Imperial Valley Delta Montague Island Gulf of California/Sea of Cortez

Tributaries

Blue River Dirty Devil River Dolores River Escalante River Eagle River Fraser River Gila River Green River Gunnison River Kanab Creek Little Colorado
Colorado
River Paria River Roaring Fork River San Juan River Thunder River/Tapeats Creek Virgin River Las Vegas Wash Williams Fork Río Hardy

Engineering

Mainstem dams

Shadow Mountain Granby Windy Gap Grand Valley Price-Stubb Glen Canyon Hoover Davis Parker Headgate Rock Palo Verde Imperial Laguna Morelos

Major reservoirs

Fontenelle Reservoir Flaming Gorge Reservoir Blue Mesa Reservoir Navajo Lake Lake Powell Lake Mead Lake Mohave Lake Havasu Imperial Reservoir Theodore Roosevelt Lake San Carlos Lake

Aqueducts and canals

Grand Ditch Colorado River
Colorado River
Aqueduct San Diego Aqueduct Central Arizona
Arizona
Project All-American Canal Coachella Canal

Water projects

Boulder Canyon
Canyon
Project Colorado-Big Thompson Project Colorado River
Colorado River
Storage Project Grand Valley AVA Yuma Project

Designated areas

Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Colorado
Colorado
National Monument Dead Horse Point State Park Glen Canyon
Canyon
National Recreation Area Grand Canyon
Canyon
National Park Lake Mead
Lake Mead
National Recreation Area Rocky Mountain National Park

Related topics

Arizona
Arizona
v. California Colorado River
Colorado River
Board of California Colorado River
Colorado River
Compact Floyd Dominy Lee's Ferry International Boundary and Water Commission Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Rapids and features U.S. Bureau of Reclamation William Mulholland

Coordinates: 37°15′15″N 110°52′42″W / 37.25417°N 110.87833°W / 37

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