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Title: A landscape approach to determining significance of 19th and 20th century farmsteads and rural communities, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Authors: Colorado State University. Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands.
Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.). Directorate of Public Works.
Enscore, Susan I.
Loechl, Suzanne Keith.
Tooker, Megan W.
Nutt, Stephanie L.
Keywords: Historic sites
Archaeological research
National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
Fort Leonard Wood
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Special Report
Abstract: Determining significance and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility status for 19th and 20th century farmsteads and rural communities is difficult for most historic archaeologists due in large part to the vast numbers of very similar sites. In 2002 Fort Leonard Wood, MO, initiated a project to develop a methodology for assessing its 19th and 20th century historic sites. Two hundred and seven historic archaeological sites have been identified on the installation. Fort Leonard Wood has also produced a historical context covering the period from first European settlement to purchase of the property for the installation in 1940. By taking into account existing archaeological site data, historical context information, historic maps and photographs, archival records, relevant geographical data, architectural information, and distinguishing landscape characteristics, a larger physical context has been created for the historic sites. This comprehensive perspective on the landscape allows Fort Leonard Wood to determine which 19th and 20th century sites are most likely to contain useful information, thereby allowing the installation to focus its efforts on the more significant sites. The methodology provided in this study will provide guidelines for determining site significance and NRHP eligibility in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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