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Humans: Here for a Long Time

Before the Spanish explorers or Mormon pioneers came to Utah, people had been here for a LONG time! Take a look at this timeline. Then, click on the parts of the timeline to learn more about PaleoIndian, Archaic, Fremont and Ancestral Pueblo, and new people.

timeline of prehistoric utah link to diagram of paleoindian era link to diagram of archaic era link to picture of fremont era link to picture of last 900 years

For a PDF timeline you can print on legal-size paper, click here. (Drawings by Rebekah Smith)

 

 

 

drawing of archaic times more about dogs prehistorically more about paleoindians

PaleoIndian people lived from 12,000 to 7,500 years ago. Learn more about them. Go back to the timeline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drawing of archaic times more about the archaic culture

The people that scientists call "Archaic" lived from about 7,500 years ago to 2,500 years ago. Learn more about them. Go back to the timeline.

 

 

 

 

a picture of fremont/ancestral pueblo times more about the fremont culture more about the ancestral pueblo culture more about pithouses

The Fremont and Ancestral Pueblo (or Anasazi) cultures flourished from about 2,500 to 800 years ago. Learn more about the Fremont culture. Learn more about the Ancestral Pueblo culture. Go back to the timeline.

a diagram of the last 900 years more about Utah's tribes

Beginning about 900 years ago, new groups moved into Utah--the ancestors of today's tribes. Learn more about Utah's tribes. Go back to the timeline.