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LAYTON’S VERSION OF INDIANA JONES NOW DIGS FOR CLUES TO CITY’S HISTORY WHILE MANAGING HERITAGE MUSEUM

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In the movies, Indiana Jones was a professor of archaeology who scoured the world for lost treasures. In the city of Layton, Kent Day, archaeologist and a retired Indiana Jones type, is curator of the Heritage Museum and shows visitors a glimpse of Layton's historical treasures.

Day, 64, has operated the museum since it opened 14 years ago. He has a doctorate from Harvard University in anthropology - with a specialty in Peruvian archaeology.Reared on a farm in Layton, Day earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Utah, attended Harvard and sought adventure in Peru. He returned to Layton in 1979, taking over the museum in 1980.

"It's really a part-time job," he said of the museum. It is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 403 Wasatch Drive in Commons Park.

Day admits he didn't know a lot about Layton history when he accepted the job, but he's continually learning and has been able to apply some of his university training to the position.

He enjoys researching Layton's history, but has found little about the city's early business district. Most business records were not kept, and so historical business details are sketchy.

Day spends a lot of time on his 35-acre farm on West Gentile Street, growing onions, wheat and a few garden items. His free morning schedule fits the farming life well. He's been surprised, though, how fast residential growth in West Layton has become but is coping with his own oasis of agriculture.

He still maintains occasional contact with other Peruvian archaeologists. One of his remaining unfulfilled interests is to study classical Greek.