Archeological Investigations of Arches National Park, Utah

Author(s): Karen Kramer

Year: 1991


This report presents the descriptive and analytical results of an archeological survey of Arches National Park in southeast Utah (Utah Project No. U87-NA-054N). A total of 26 sites and 69 isolated artifact finds was recorded in the 1,160 acres surveyed during August 1987. This report is produced in cooperation with the National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, in accordance with Supplemental Agreement No. CA-6115-7-8008 and in furtherance of MasterCooperati ve Agreement No. CA-6000-4-8020 between the National Park Service, Midwest Region, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Arches National Park encompasses a broad range of geological formations and microenvironments. The Park is bounded to the north by Salt Valley and Salt Wash and to the south by Courthouse Wash. Elevations range from 4,100 ft (1,250 m) to 5,500 ft (1,676 m). Vegetation is generally sparse within the Park. The archeological resources recorded during this survey included lithic scatters, several rock shelters, a pictograph/petroglyph panel, and an historic site. The survey data is outlined descriptively, and evaluated using descriptive and analytic statistics.

The purpose of the project was to conduct an intensive pedestrian survey in order to locate archeological resources in areas which might be adversely affected by future maintenance and development in the Park. Also, this report is intended to serve Park personnel as a cultural resource management toolw Effective management and interpretation of these archeological resources can be based, in part, on some of the study results presented in this document.

Cite this Record

Archeological Investigations of Arches National Park, Utah. Karen Kramer. Midwest Archeological Center Technical Report ,No. 3. Lincoln, Nebraska: Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service. 1991 ( tDAR id: 93085) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8G160JJ


Spatial Coverage

min long: -109.717; min lat: 38.606 ; max long: -109.469; max lat: 38.847 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Sponsor(s): Midwest Archaeological Center, National Park Service

Submitted To(s): Rocky Mountain Region, National Park Service

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 2000839

NADB citation id number(s): 000000147472

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