Bureau of Land Management - Heritage Resources, Washington, DC
The vast public lands entrusted to the Bureau of Land Management hold some of the most significant evidence of human prehistory and history in the West and Alaska, the once-untamed frontier lands that lend America so much of its self-image. These Western and Alaskan lands also count among the world's very best outdoor laboratories for studying the fossilized remains of plant and animal life, which span from the tens of thousands to the hundreds of millions of years in age.
Humans have used and occupied the public lands for more than 10,000 years. In all that time the land has changed. And more than we might realize, human use has played a significant part in changing the land.
Long-abandoned archaeological sites and historic landscapes give us important insights into the ways human activities and the environment have linked together through time, how seemingly minor cultural practices can contribute to substantial environmental change. Discovering, studying and understanding the evidence of past human influences on the land can give BLM and the public critically important background as we plan how we should be using the same land today and in the future.
More kinds of fossils can be found on the BLM-managed public lands than under any other Federal or State agency's control, and all Americans share in this unique natural legacy. Fossils are the remains and traces of once-living organisms, preserved in rocks of the Earth's crust. They convey the story of origins and endings of extraordinary varieties of ocean-dwelling, fresh-water, and terrestrial creatures, played out over nearly 4 billion years of the Earth's 4.6 billion-year history.
Site Type Keywords
Rock Art • Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex • Resource Extraction / Production / Transportation Structure or Features • Petroglyph • Domestic Structures • Funerary and Burial Structures or Features • Cemetery • Archaeological Feature • Pictograph • Rock Shelter
Mining • Ethnography • Prehistory • Cultural resources management plan • Lithic Scatter • Projectile Points • Cultural History • Juniperus osteosperma • Yucca brevifolia • Grayia spinosa
Heritage Management • Archaeological Overview • Collections Research • Reconnaissance / Survey • Site Evaluation / Testing • Environment Research • Historic Background Research • Ethnohistoric Research • Ethnographic Research • Data Recovery / Excavation
US (ISO Country Code) • United States of America (Country) • California (State / Territory) • North America (Continent) • San Bernardino (County) • Inyo (County) • Mojave Desert • Imperial (County) • 06071 (Fips Code) • Riverside (County)
Resources Inside This Collection (Viewing 1-20 of 20)
- Archaeological Explorations in Shasta Valley, California (1997)
- Archaeological Inventory of the California Desert: a Proposed Methodology (1973)
- Archaeology Field Survey Reports Contributed by BLM, Arcata, CA Field Office
- The Archaeology of the McCain Valley Study Area in Eastern San Diego County, California: a Scientific Class II Cultural Resource Inventory (1981)
- The Archaeology of the Northeast Mojave Desert (1979)
- The Archaeology of the Western Mojave (1979)
- Background to Prehistory of the Yuha Desert Region (1974)
- The Cahuilla and the Santa Rosa Mountain Region: Places and Their Native American Association, A Review of Published and Unpublished Sources (1981)
- A Cultural Resource Management Plan for the Fossil Falls / Little Lake Locality (1976)
- A Cultural Resource Overview for the Amargosa - Mojave Basin Planning Units (1980)
- A Cultural Resource Overview of the Bureau of Land Management Coleville, Bodie, Benton, and Owens Valley Planning Units, California (1979)
- Cultural Resource Overview of the Eureka, Saline, Panamint, and Darwin Region; East Central California (1980)
- A Cultural Resources Overview of the Colorado Desert Planning Units (1981)
- Evaluation of Early Human Activities and Remains in the California Desert (1980)
- Gold and Lumber: Two Papers on Northern California History and Archaeology (1992)
- The Historic Archaeology of a Chinese Mining Venture Near Igo in Northern California (1986)
- Historic Data Inventory of the Shasta County Interlakes Special Recreation Management Area (1995)
- Impacts: Damage To Cultural Resources in the California Desert (1980)
- An Overview of the Cultural Resources of the Western Mojave Desert (1980)
- The Prehistory and Management of Cultural Resources in the Red Mountain Area (1981)