Message #52:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Tired Of Archaeologists Around The Office
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 97 12:35:00 MST
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[ In response to SASIG message:  Wildfires and 
Prehistoric Artifacts in Utah -- SASIG Ed. ]

From: Gregory Luna 

I worked on the first eight weeks of the 1996 BLM post-fire survey before 
jumping on board with the post-fire Mesa Verde survey. The study area 
encompassed a number of different fires in and around Millard County, UT. 
The entire burn area was around 200,000 acres. Sites spanned late Paleo 
through historic periods. The site density was very high. Often it was 
difficult make a break one site and the next. Most sites were lithic 
scatters. We found very few ceramic sites.  I don't think that the BLM 
office was expecting such a high site density.  However, some people 
involved with the post-fire rehabilitation activities desired to commence 
work (i.e., chaining) as soon as possible. On the other hand, concerned 
archaeologists felt that more intensive work was required before beginning 
activities that would have impacted hundreds of sites.  I left before things 
got nasty and the press reported on the project.  As for the archaeology, we 
were collecting pretty detailed information including detailed maps, 
artifact counts and the collection of diagnostics. I've heard that the 
survey will continue next year; however, BLM plans to contract it out (I 
can't confirm this). I guess they got tired of archaeologists around the 
office.  For futher info, you could probably contact the Project Director, 
Nancy Shearin at the Fillmore BLM office (UT).

Hope that helped,
Greg Luna