Use of Archeological Districts in San Francisco

Author(s): Randall Dean

Year: 2015


It is very probably the case that more archeology is done in San Francisco than in any other major city in the U.S. Yet this archeological work is done without the benefit of any archeological ordinance or adopted archeological guidance but rather through the City’s implementation of State environmental laws. To overcome the vagueness and generality of these regulations, the City Planning Planning Department has initiated an Archeological District Project (ADP), with the aim of creating codified theme-based archeological districts. The archeological districts are to be designed so as to enhance potential archeological site identification, provide theme/period-specific historic contexts, identify significant related-property types and research issues, and will actuate archeological investigation and treatment procedures and protocols for archeological consultants for resources related to the specific district theme. This paper will discuss the problem-basis, design, mechanics, and anticipated operational nature of the codified theme-based archeological districts in San Francisco, and the development of its first archeological district, thus far, for the Hispanic Period.

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Use of Archeological Districts in San Francisco. Randall Dean. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396850)

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