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This project will complete surface inventory and field analysis for artifacts located on each of the 65 known archeological sites within the national monument boundary.
In 2016, the park received funding to complete a preservation plan for all of the 65 known archeological sites within the national monument boundary. In preparation for the preservation plan, this project will complete surface inventory and field analysis for artifacts located on each site. The inventory and analysis will identify and record typological classifications and surface densities for exposed surface artifacts. A report and maps detailing project results will be created as a record of the work. The principle purpose of the project is to provide opportunities for students to work in national parks. The project will be completed with four students from the Arizona State University Center for Archaeology and Society. Students will be supervised by a graduate student assistant and the principal investigator. As part of the project, students will be provided with an opportunity to have hands-on experience with archaeological field methods and artifact analysis.