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An Assessment of Transect Recording Unit Survey and Subsurface Testing Methods at Four Sites in the Permian Basin, New Mexico

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In September 2014, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) contracted Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), (Contract No. L14PA00010) to perform an experimental project aimed at achieving a better understanding of how site-recording and subsurface-testing methods can be used to assess the subsurface potential of sites in southeastern New Mexico. At issue in this experiment is developing an informed, scientific understanding of the relationship between surface and subsurface archaeology and learning how one goes about detecting whether subsurface buried archaeology is present. What methods are best suited to recording surface archaeology at sites in southeastern New Mexico in order to understand their significance, integrity, and research potential? What are the likely benefits of implementing new survey and recording techniques, and do they outweigh the costs of their implementation? What clues are present at the surface or can be derived from particular test methods that indicate the presence of one or more buried cultural horizons? How can we infer the potential for such deposits to be intact?


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An Assessment of Transect Recording Unit Survey and Subsurface Testing Methods at Four Sites in the Permian Basin, New Mexico. ( tDAR id: 399783) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8Z60QGB


Keywords


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: -1800 to 200 (radiocarbon dated feature and diagnostic projectile point)

Calendar Date: 200 to 1450 (radiocarbon dated feature and diagnostic ceramic types from different phases)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -105.82; min lat: 32.156 ; max long: -103.623; max lat: 33.997 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Field Director(s): Monica Murrell

Lab Director(s): Rebecca Wells

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Heilen


Record Identifiers

Technical Report No.(s): 15-68

Project Number(s): 13PB01

Notes

Redaction Note: Per BLM requirements, maps and data that contain specific locational information about cultural resources have been redacted for the public version of the report


Source Collections

13PB01 Site Surface Subsurface Relationship, curated at Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Related Comparative Collections

12PB01 Permian Basin Lithic Study, curated with Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

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    In September 2014, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) contracted Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), (Contract No. L14PA00010) to perform an experimental project aimed at achieving a better understanding of how site-recording and subsurface-testing methods can be used to assess the subsurface potential of sites in southeastern New Mexico. At issue in this experiment is developing an informed, scientific understanding of the relationship...

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