MACROFLORAL ANALYSIS AT SIX SITES IN THE SUBSURFACE HEATING EFFECTS STUDY AT BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO
Sediment samples from six sites in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, were
floated to recover macrofloral remains as part of the Subsurface Heating Effects Study. The
main purpose of this project was to determine the effects of fires on archaeological material.
Saint Peter's Dome Fire of 1996 burned a total of 16,516 acres in northern New Mexico,
including 4,779 acres in Bandelier National Monument. Of the six sites examined, four were
burned in the 1996 Dome Fire, one was burned during a prescribed burn in 1994, and one
represents an unburned area as a control. The six sites in this study also represent both large
pueblo habitation sites and small sites commonly categorized as "field houses." The study
looked at samples from sites with different burn intensities, time periods, and locations.
Macrofloral analysis at these six sites will contribute to determining the kinds and extent of fire-related
changes and damage to subsurface archaeological materials, and if these changes and
damages can be used to detect past fires at other archaeological sites. In addition, macrofloral
analysis will contribute to answering questions of Ancestral Puebloan subsistence in the Northern
Rio Grande area, paleoenvironment, and site function.
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MACROFLORAL ANALYSIS AT SIX SITES IN THE SUBSURFACE HEATING EFFECTS STUDY AT BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO. Kathryn Puseman, Laura Ruggiero. 1998 ( tDAR id: 378328) ; doi:10.6067/XCV86M366X
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