Archaeologists dig old Provo Tabernacle

Tuesday , January 17, 2012 - 10:28 AM

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PROVO-- Archaeologists from Brigham Young University are planning to unearth the foundations of a little-known Provo Tabernacle building torn down nearly a century ago.

BYU archaeology official Richard Talbot tells KSL-TV (http://bit.ly/yGbLhD ) a team will start digging next week to find the structure's walls and determine how the meetinghouse was built. They hope to complete the project in March.

The building was constructed in 1867 and co-existed with the larger Provo Tabernacle after it was built in the late 1880s. The older building was demolished in 1919. All that remains is a monument erected in 1959 by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

The excavation is set to finish before The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starts constructing a new temple at the site of the burned Provo Tabernacle.

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