Assessing Archaeological Sensitivity in San Francisco
The San Francisco Planning Department archaeological staff reviews hundreds of projects for archaeological sensitivity each year as part of the California Environmental Quality Act review process. To aid this review, the Department has begun a long-term GIS project creating thematic maps and related datasets to inform archeological site identification, to determine interrelationships between archeological sites and historical land uses, and to direct research designs. Over the last 8 years the Department has created maps for Yerba Buena San Francisco, Hispanic Period San Francisco, San Francisco Chinese resources, San Francisco Maritime resources, and Prehistoric Period San Francisco. This paper uses the Department’s Yerba Buena Period San Francisco (1836-1848) project to illustrate how this tool improves identification of archeological site sensitivity and significance evaluation. The paper outlines the research undertaken to create the map, how that data is symbolized, and the problems encountered. The paper ends with a discussion of challenges faced by project-specific review and the need for additional thematic layers and historic-period archeological districts in San Francisco.
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- Spanish to the Silicon: The Diversity of San Francisco Historical Archaeology
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Assessing Archaeological Sensitivity in San Francisco. Allison Vanderslice, Randall Dean. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396851)
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