The effects of fire on interpretations of the past
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Patricia M. Spoerl
Coordinator(s): Peter F. Ffolliott; Leonard F. DeBano; Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Gerald J. Gottfried; Gilberto Solis-Garza; Carleton B. Edminster; Daniel G. Neary; Robert H. Hamre
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • archaeological sites
  • Arizona
  • catastrophic fires
  • ceramics
  • cultural resources
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • erosion
  • fire case histories
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire sensitive plants
  • heat effects
  • histories
  • Madrean Archipelago
  • Madrean habitats
  • Mexico
  • national forests
  • Native Americans
  • New Mexico
  • post fire recovery
  • prehistoric fires
  • prescribed natural fire
  • soils
  • temperature
  • US Forest Service
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: September 29, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 44658
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20054
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-289
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The effects of fire on material evidence of past human cultures have not been systematically investigated in the Madrean Archipelago. The potential of fire to alter interpretations of prehistoric and historic human occupation is an important consideration in the sky island region where allowing fire to play a more natural role is a major emphasis on public and private lands. Data from fire effects studies elsewhere in the American Southwest are described and recommendations made for research needs relevant to fire effects on cultural resources.

Online Link(s):
Spoerl, P. M. 1996. The effects of fire on interpretations of the past, in PF Ffolliott, LF DeBano, MB Baker, GJ Gottfried, G Solis-Garza, CB Edminster, DG Neary, and RH Hamre eds., Effects of fire on Madrean province ecosystems: a symposium proceedings. March 11-15, 1996, Tuscon, AZ. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, General Technical Report RM-289, p. 118-124.