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Effects of fire on cultural resources-Introduction [Chapter 1]

Posted date: April 03, 2012
Publication Year: 
2012
Authors: Ryan, Kevin C.; Koerner, Cassandra L.; Lee, Kristine M.; Siefkin, Nelson
Publication Series: 
General Technical Report (GTR)
Source: In: Ryan, Kevin C.; Jones, Ann Trinkle; Koerner, Cassandra L.; Lee, Kristine M., tech. eds. 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. p. 1-14.
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Abstract

The world’s diverse cultures have their varying creation stories (Moyers and Campbell 1988; UGA 2000). Many of these stories contain physical features: the mountains, hills, plains, and rivers of their native lands that are integral components of cultural traditions (Berkes and others 2000; Goetcheus 2002; King 2003; Martin 2002; Parker 1993; Parker and King 1990; Smythe and York 2009; Stoffle and others 1997). Fire figures prominently in the traditions of most cultures, both in their beliefs and their practices (Lewis and Ferguson 1988; Stewart 2002; Williams 2001, http://www.wildlandfire.com/docs/ biblio_indianfire. htm). Before modern civilizations developed, early civilizations existed for millennia sometimes in urban settings, sometimes in pastoral or agrarian settings, and sometimes in huntergather settings, but always in close association with fire as a fuel for light, warmth, cooking/food preservation, security, and industry (Arnold 1961; Brown and others 2009; de Lumley 2006; Gowlett 2006, 2010; James 1989; Webb and Domanski 2009).

Citation

Ryan, Kevin C.; Koerner, Cassandra L.; Lee, Kristine M.; Siefkin, Nelson. 2012. Effects of fire on cultural resources-Introduction [Chapter 1]. In: Ryan, Kevin C.; Jones, Ann Trinkle; Koerner, Cassandra L.; Lee, Kristine M., tech. eds. 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. p. 1-14.