Historic Dumps and Scatters: Trash or Sites?

Author(s): Donald D. Southworth II

Year: 2016


Trash dumps and can scatters have been a thorn in the side of federal and state land management agencies in the western half of the United States. Over the last several years, this discussion on how to handle these sites has increased. While historic archaeologists have, to a limited degree, placed these sites in perspective, these activity features continue to be an issue for the various land management agencies. Often referred to as "isolated dumping episodes" or as "road trash," some agencies have discussed either making all of these types of sites ineligible for consideration to the NRHP or pushing back the 50 year limit to 75 or 100 years in preference to documenting this obvious "garbage." It is the purpose of this paper to present the issue and provide a recommended solution and course of action for these sites.

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Historic Dumps and Scatters: Trash or Sites?. Donald D. Southworth II. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434782)

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

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