How Geomorphology Can Benefit Archaeology

Author(s): Candace A Fleck

Year: 2017


This research demonstrates the importance of geomorphology in archaeological field observations and studies.  To receive accurate and faster results of terrestrial sites, one must see the area in a geomorphic view.  Just from recognizing geomorphic characteristics, one can see the patterns of how the environment has cultivated. Turning back chronologic time and being able to visualize how people lived in their environments is extremely important for any archaeologist.  The everyday life of past cultures relied on their environment.  In this study, geomorphology was used to debunk mysterious mounds, which were thought to be US Union Soldier graves, at the archaeological pre-civil war site of Fort Massachusetts located near Fort Garland, Colorado. Results conclude that geomorphology can be used to examine possible grave sites, find past roads, uncovers previous environments, and by looking at aerial topography, it also can help determine structures that no longer exist.

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How Geomorphology Can Benefit Archaeology. Candace A Fleck. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435539)

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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): 700