Utah lays off state archaeologists, anthropologist
Department chief Michael Hansen tells the Deseret News that budget cuts by the Utah Legislature forced the dismissals of state archaeologist Kevin Jones, assistant state archeologist Ron Rood and physical anthropologist Derinna Kopp.
Hansen says the decision was made within the department, and it’ll save a little more than $154,000.
Rood tells the Salt Lake Tribune he thinks they were dismissed because they stood up for archaeology.
Hansen denies the cuts had to do with a fight over excavation of a site in Draper for a Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner stop.
The antiquities officials say it’s a 3,000-year-old Indian archeological site.
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