Experimental Study of Local Fire Conditions and Effects on Surface or Near-Surface Archeological Resources at National Park Service Units-Midwest Region
Principal Investigator(s):
  • Jay T. Sturdevant
    National Park Service
Co-Principal Investigator(s):
  • Rod Skalsky
    National Park Service
  • Cody L. Wienk
    National Park Service
  • Cheryl Schreier
    National Park Service
Completion Date: September 30, 2009

Cataloging Information

  • archaeology
  • fire impacts
  • National Park Service
  • resource needs
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Record Last Modified: March 31, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 14981


This experimental study is proposed to address the local area needs of Midwest Region units of the National Park Service with regards to the fire/archeology interface. This proposal outlines an experimental project designed to provide park managers with scientific data on fire effects relevant to the specific ecosystems and archeological resources at parks in the Midwest Region representing three distinct environmental zones. These experiments will contribute information on fire conditions and impacts to the archeological record specific to the local resource needs of each park, and among parks with similar environmental conditions. The goal is to enable park managers to make informed decisions that will enhance the stewardship of archeological and natural resources managed by the National Park Service. The experimental research project will provide direct benefits to the local needs of land managers at the six parks selected for study. Each park will receive sound scientific data that will allow them to model the fire/archeology interface for the unique natural and cultural resources managed by each park. This project will also address a region-wide need for information about park specific fire conditions and the impacts to archeological resources at a regional scale. Results of the proposed research will be disseminated through multiple formats including a final report, peer-reviewed journal articles, web pages, conference presentations, and a two-day workshop for the project investigators and park land managers.