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BYU students look for 'history' under Provo Tabernacle property

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.



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PROVO -- A group of BYU students are playing a special role in the work being done to make way for a new temple in Provo after a fire destroyed the historic tabernacle, which currently sits on the property.

Nearby buildings, bought up by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the burned up Provo Tabernacle, are being torn down and cleared out to transform the tabernacle into a temple. But part of the process includes taking a good look at the history under ground.

A newsletter from the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures says a group of BYU graduate students are using ground penetrating radar technology to look at the grassy area just north of the tabernacle, which is where the foundation of the first tabernacle was built.

According to the Daily Herald, the radar grid is "helping students get a better vision of what's under the surface of the park." BYU hopes to learn more about the history buried beneath the surface.

The LDS Church History Department and BYU's Office of Public Archeology are taking the opportunity to learn more about the historic piece of land and take pictures of what they excavate before it gets a major facelift.

The Provo Tabernacle is one of the most recognizable buildings in Provo and will continue to be so as it becomes the city's second LDS temple.

Email: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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