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Project ID: 06-2-1-05

Year: 2006

Date Started: 07/28/2006

Date Completed: 09/30/2009

Title: Experimental Study of Local Fire Conditions and Effects on Surface or Near-Surface Archeological Resources at National Park Service Units-Midwest Region

Project Proposal Abstract: 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.

Principal Investigator: Jay T. Sturdevant

Agency/Organization: NPS-National Park Service

Branch or Dept: Midwest Archeological Center

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Rod Skalsky

NPS-National Park Service

Knife River Indian Villiages National Historic Site

Co-Principal Investigator

Cody Wienk

NPS-National Park Service

Wind Cave National Park

Federal Cooperator

Cheryl Schreier

NPS-National Park Service

Knife River Indian Villiages National Historic Site

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands


There are no project locations identified for this project.

Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
    1053 Government Publication Fire! Effigy Mounds Participates in Fire Effect Study
    851 Invited Paper/Presentation Experimental Study on Fire/Archeology Interface to the 2009 NPS Midwest Region Fire Management Officer Meeting
view or print go to website 1406 Poster Exploring the Fire and Archeology Interface in the Midwest Region
  go to website 4305 Website In progress website that will be updated as new items become available to post.
    6413 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Exploring the Fire and Archeology Interface in the Midwest Region
  go to website 6414 Invited Paper/Presentation Presentation at the 2009 Minnesota Incident Command System Meetings in Duluth, MN

Supporting Documents

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