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Manufacturing the Gap: Discrete Data, Archaeological Sites, and Cultural Resource Management

Author(s): Stephen Wagner

Year: 2015

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Archaeology in cultural resource management uses methods designed to cover large areas of land, however the results are rarely interpreted as part of a landscape. Instead, the focus is usually on the densest areas of artifacts, without consideration for the types of data that might lie within the less-dense areas. This is primarily a problem of interpretation, although it is exasperated through the use of discontiguous sampling units and through the continued requirements of out-dated methods through contracting requirements. Alternative methods can be implemented to help mitigate these interpretive issues, both immediately and over the long term.

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Manufacturing the Gap: Discrete Data, Archaeological Sites, and Cultural Resource Management. Stephen Wagner. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397038)


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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America