Fort Stanton Cave: A Cultural Resources Inventory of Rock Art and Other Archaeological Remains at LA195070

Author(s): Scott Yost; Kye Miller; Brody Norton

Year: 2020


The New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office contracted PaleoWest Archaeology to conduct a cultural resources inventory of an archaeologically relevant portion of Fort Stanton Cave in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Thirty previously identified loci containing historic carvings, inscriptions, and other cave surface modifications were documented. Evidence of prehistoric use, historic materials, a new inscription panel, and a masonry wall/entry were also recorded. A cursory analysis indicates that the frequency of distinguishable surface modifications on cave walls increased from the middle of the nineteenth century until the second decade of the twentieth century, when dated cave surface modifications decline. LA195070, Fort Stanton Cave, is historically important to the local region, the state of New Mexico, and our nation. The site is recommended eligible for the National Register Historic Places under Criteria A, B, and D.

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Fort Stanton Cave: A Cultural Resources Inventory of Rock Art and Other Archaeological Remains at LA195070. Scott Yost, Kye Miller, Brody Norton. 2020 ( tDAR id: 455251) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8455251


Investigation Types
Reconnaissance / Survey

Spatial Coverage

min long: -105.545; min lat: 33.471 ; max long: -105.467; max lat: 33.521 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Kye Miller

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19-277-Fort-Stanton-Cave-Project-Report-Final.pdf 9.69mb Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020 3:26:36 PM Confidential
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Contact(s): Kye Miller