The Water Heritage Anthropological Project focuses on the relationship between historic and ancient water features and associated communities. By researching and documenting the history of water management and the use of irrigation, its infrastructure, and agricultural practices in Utah, the WHAP aims to create widely available products to educate the public about this history.
The specific research goals of this project are to:
- Conduct archival research and field documentation of historic water-related infrastructure in at least two different areas of Utah, Cache and San Juan Counties;
- Design and populate a digital ethnography and multimedia archive for oral histories related to irrigation practices;
- Develop education and public outreach programs including Museum of Anthropology exhibits.
This will be accomplished via archaeological methods such as remote and pedestrian survey and mapping, archival research, and via oral histories and semi-structured interviews.