Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Committee Chair(s)

Judson Finley


Judson Finley


Between May 2017 and July 2018, Utah State University (USU) conducted Class III cultural resource surveys of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO) for the National Park Service to identify cultural resources for a prescriptive fuel management project. [redacted]. The survey included block surveys, as well as new site and isolated find recording. Block surveys covered approximately [redacted] acres at [redacted] transect intervals. The survey was completed in three ten-day sessions during each of the two field seasons. The survey found [redacted] sites, [redacted] isolated finds, and [redacted] culturally modified trees (CMTs). Of these discoveries, [redacted] sites and [redacted] isolated finds and [redacted] of [redacted] CMTs are located within proposed burn units. [redacted] previously recorded sites are also located in the burn units. Except for [redacted] burn units [redacted] contained no cultural material, possibly since the trees had blown down in most of those areas and ground visibility and terrain caused reduced ability to identify artifacts and other CMTs. Significant new discoveries in this survey report include documentation of the Adam and Charlotte Hill homestead, an important location in the late 19th and early 20th Century development of the area as both a tourist attraction and scientific destination. An historic campsite associated with Dr. Harry MacGinitie’s 1937 paleontological expedition was also located near [redacted], which MacGinitie excavated between 1936 and 1938. Prehistoric materials are limited, which has been typical of previous research in the area, although this survey added a prehistoric mudstone quarry site to the records, along with two Late Paleoindian Jimmy Allen type projectile points, which are typical of regional high-elevation occupations. Cultural resource clearance is recommended for the project with guidelines for management provided on a case-by-case basis.

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