A Comparison of Traditional and Geophysical Strategies for Assessing the National Register Status of Archaeological Sites at Fort Riley, Kansas.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Federal law and Army regulation require Army installations to identify historic properties, including archaeological sites, and to determine which properties are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places NRHP. Traditional strategies for assessing the NRHP status of archaeological sites based on hand excavation are expensive and unreliable. An alternative strategy is based on the use of geophysical survey techniques and highly targeted ground-truthing excavations. This report compares the cost and reliability of the traditional and geophysical strategies. The comparison is based on the use of both strategies at four sites located at Fort Riley, Kansas. Recommendations are made as to how geophysics can be used to reduce the costs and improve the reliability of NRHP assessments.
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