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Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): E. A. Oster; S. Ruscavage-Barz; M. L. Elliott
Editor(s): Kevin C. Ryan; A. T. Jones; Cassandra L. Koerner; Kristine M. Lee
Publication Date: May 2012

From the Summary and Conclusions ... 'The accumulations of fuels on contemporary landscapes have reached historically unprecedented levels, thanks to decades of aggressive fire suppression and exclusion. The potential for fires to destroy or seriously compromise the interpretation of the archaeological record has correspondingly increased. Cultural resources managers and field archaeologists would be well advised to include consideration of regional fire histories in environmental reconstructions, and data analyses. Understanding the role of fire as a site formation process is essential for every cultural resources specialist working in landscapes that have been touched by fire.'

Citation: Oster, E. A., S. Ruscavage-Barz, and M. L. Elliott. 2012. Chapter 7: The effects of fire on subsurface archaeological materials, in KC Ryan, AT Jones, CL Koerner, and KM Lee eds., Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on cultural resources and archaeology. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, General Technical Report RMRS-GTR, p. 143-156.

Cataloging Information

  • archaeological sites
  • artifacts
  • dendrochronology
  • fire case histories
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire exclusion
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel accumulation
  • heat effects
  • Native Americans
  • New Mexico
  • pollen
  • post fire recovery
  • radiocarbon dating
  • wildfires
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