Thursday, August 02, 2007

Forest Fires and Archaeological Sites

The LA Times has a piece this morning on cooperative efforts between Forest Service and California Department of Forestry archaeologists and local tribes to reduce the damage that firefighting efforts can inflict on archaeological sites. Having knowledgeable people in the field who can direct bulldozers constructing firebreaks away from site locations can make all the difference in the world.

Full disclosure: Doug McKay, pictured above with some bedrock mortars and quoted in the article, is an old friend. We worked together on projects in six states (Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona and California) more years ago than either one of us wants to admit.

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