Archaeology and Anthropology

Earth and Ecosystem scientists conduct a wide variety of archaeological research in regions ranging from the arid Southwestern U.S. to China. The research ranges from studies of earlier civilizations to studies focused on the preservation of historic legacies from recent events such as nuclear testing at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly, the Nevada Test Site). Our archaeologists are conducting historic artifact inventories with federal agencies to facilitate stewardship decisions as they appropriate lands for specific uses. These land uses include military training, construction of power lines and prospecting and development for renewable energy projects including solar, wind and geothermal. Archaeologists at DRI make use of modern techniques including ground penetrating radar (GPR) and light detection and ranging (LiDAR), often in combination with geographic information systems (GIS) and specialized laboratories equipped with traditional light and electron microscopes.

Research projects related to "Archaeology and Anthropology" are listed below.

A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory and Site Protection Measures in Support of Testing and Training, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground
Basic Research Linkages Among the Soil-Hydrologic-Biologic Systems Common to the Desert Piedmonts, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds
Catalogue of Analogs: Identifying Terrain Similarities between the World's Deserts and the US Army's Desert Hot Weather test site, Yuma Proving Ground YPG, southwestern Arizona
Collaborative research: Development of a luminescence dating capability for Antarctic glaciomarine sediments: Tests of signal zeroing at the Antarctic peninsula
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Antarctic "Dry Valleys" Lakes
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores
Geochemical and Physical Characteristics of Vehicle Endurance and Dust Test Courses at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain
Master Environmental Reference Site (MERS): Deformation and recovery of desert pavements, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah
Relative risk of attracting coyotes or feral dogs to desert tortoises using humans and human-dog teams in surveys
Uranium Oxide Soil Stabilization Study, Yuma Proving Ground, AZ
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project