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RMRS-GTR-42, vol. 3: Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on cultural resources and archeology

Ryan, Kevin C.; Jones, Ann Trinkle; Koerner, Cassandra L.; Lee, Kristine M., tech. eds. 2012. Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on cultural resources and archaeology. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-42-vol. 3. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 224 p.

This state-of-knowledge review provides a synthesis of the effects of fire on cultural resources, which can be used by fire managers, cultural resource (CR) specialists, and archaeologists to more effectively manage wildland vegetation, fuels, and fire. The goal of the volume is twofold: (1) to provide cultural resource/archaeological professionals and policy makers with a primer on fuels, fire behavior, and fire effects to enable them to work more effectively with the fire management community to protect resources during fuels treatment and restoration projects and wildfire suppression activities; and (2) to provide fire and land management professionals and policy makers with a greater understanding of the value of cultural resource protection and the methods available to evaluate and mitigate risks to CR. The synthesis provides a conceptual fire effects framework for planning, managing, and modeling fire effects (chapter1) and a primer on fire and fuel processes and fire effects prediction modeling (chapter 2). A synthesis of the effects of fire on various cultural resource materials is provided for ceramics (chapter 3), lithics (chapter 4), rock art (chapter 5), historic-period artifacts/materials (chapter 6), and below-ground features (chapter 7). Chapter 8 discusses the importance of cultural landscapes to indigenous peoples and emphasizes the need to actively involve native people in the development of collaborative management plans. The use and practical implications of this synthesis are the subject of the final chapter (chapter 9).

Keywords: cultural resources, heritage resources, archaeology, fire regime, fire environment, fuels management, fire management, fire planning, wildfire, prescribed fire, First-Order fire effects, Second-Order fire effects, Third-Order fire effects, Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER), fire severity, traditional cultural knowledge (TKE), cultural landscapes

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Chapter 1: Effects of Fire on Cultural Resources-Introduction
Kevin C. Ryan, Cassandra L. Koerner, Kristine M. Lee, and Nelson Siefkin
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Chapter 2: Fire Behavior and Effects: Principles for Archaeologists
Kevin C. Ryan and Cassandra Koerner
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Chapter 3: Fire Effects on Prehistoric Ceramics
Trisha Rude and Anne Trinkle Jones
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Chapter 4: Fire Effects on Flaked Stone, Ground Stone, and Other Stone Artifacts
Krista Deal
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Chapter 5: Fire Effects on Rock Images and Similar Cultural Resources
Roger E. Kelly and Daniel F. McCarthy
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Chapter 6: Fire Effects on Materials of the Historic Period
Charles Haecker
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Chapter 7: The Effects of Fire on Subsurface Archaeological Materials
Elizabeth A. Oster, Samantha Ruscavage-Barz, and Michael L. Elliott
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Chapter 8: Effects of Fire on Intangible Cultural Resources: Moving Toward a Landscape Approach
John R. Welch
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Chapter 9: Implications of Fire Management on Cultural Resources
Rebecca S. Timmons, Leonard deBano, and Kevin C. Ryan
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Title: RMRS-GTR-42, vol. 3: Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on cultural resources and archeology
Electronic Publish Date: January 26, 2006
Last Update:
March 29, 2012

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