This cave is the reason that the archaeologist and anthropologist Jesse Jennings set up camp in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. Once known as Hands and Knees Cave, the site was renamed Danger Cave after a 1941 expedition was terminated following a large rock fall from the lip of the cave. The debris narrowly missed members of a previous excavating party led by E.R. Smith, who abandoned his work shortly thereafter.
Smith’s work had been a sampling operation that left a series of pits and trenches that had removed the upper layers of the cave floor. Sadly, few of Smith’s relevant notes and photographs from the dig were preserved during World War II, while Smith was absent from the @universityofutah. However, in 1942, Smith wrote that the deep deposits of cultural material within the cave probably contained new data concerning the early inhabitants of #Utah.
According to Jennings, Smith’s report “endowed the cave with the glamor of promise,” and it was decided that intensive follow-up excavation would be conducted, starting in 1950.