The Archaeology of Cowboy Island: The Santa Rosa Historic Archaeology Project (SRHAP)


This paper presents the findings from the first year of a new historic archaeology research project on Santa Rosa Island, one of the five islands of Channel Islands National Park off the coast of southern California. A new, multi-year project dedicated to recording the extant historic structures and sites related to the 19th- and 20th-century ranching complex was started in 2014, instigated by the recent opening of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station. Since May 2014, four CSU Channel Islands weekend field schools have been dedicated to the evaluation of the ranching complex. These trips focused on undergraduate education, mapping, mitigation, and evaluation of historic sites and structures within the vicinity of the ranching complex. The preliminary finds of these investigations have highlighted many potential small term projects and identified several long-term historic archaeology research projects, with an emphasis on digital recording, interpretation, and public outreach. 

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The Archaeology of Cowboy Island: The Santa Rosa Historic Archaeology Project (SRHAP). Courtney H. Buchanan, Amber M Madrid, Brittany N Lucero, Michael McGurk, Jennifer E Perry. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434779)

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Temporal Keywords
19th-20th Centuries

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 781