Housing trend incorporates Utah's history in sprawl

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- It's a housing trend that could save a piece of Utah's history.

Developers across the state have begun incorporating petroglyphs and other slices of Utah's millennium-old past into parks and other unique subdivision features.

Some say the commercial ploy sucks the soul out of sacred landscapes. But others think it might be the only way countless panels of blocky stick figures and animals will be preserved.

Utah State Archaeologist Kevin Jones says petroglyphs and pictographs from the Anasazi and Fremont Indians are spread generously across the state. And he says it's impossible to know how much as been lost to development and the population boom.

But he says the housing trend gives him hope.

Jones says those who live near the petroglyphs quickly realize their homesteads have a deeper history.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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