Archaeological Investigations on the San Antonio Terrace, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in Connection with MX Facilities Construction. Appendix II. Historical Overview of the Study Area.
Final rept. 1981-1984,
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The historical research reported here was undertaken in support of archaeological research undertaken relative to construction of the MX Missile test facility on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara Country, California. The resulting historical overview provides information important to the understanding of the archaeology of the study area, especially with regard to historic land use that may have affected archaeological sites, the nature of the natural environment in the early historic period, and the identification of the significance of post-aboriginal archaeological sites. Furtheremore, the overview provides a variety of information important to the development of a cultural resources management plan for northern Vandenberg Air Force Base. The focus of this study is a portion of northern Vandenbergy Air Force Base known as San Antonio Terrace. This landform is situated south of the Shuman Canyon Drainage and north of San Antonio Creek, alternately called Los Alamos Creek. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by an unnamed drainage located about two kilometers east of the easternmost point of the Lompoc-Casmalia Road. In order to offer historical breadth to the research, the study zone was extended to nearby regions. The history of the whole of the Jesus Maria Rancho is at the heart of the work, but there is also some mention of adjacent Mexican land grants and of local and state history.
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