Archaeological Inventory Survey Standards and Cost-Estimation Guidelines for the Department of Defense. Volume 1, Main Text
Zeidler, James A., 1949-; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.)
Current historic preservation legislation requires that Federal agencies inspect their landholdings to identify historic and prehistoric archaeological resources, evaluate these resources to determine their significance, and protect important archaeological resources. To minimize the effects of variable regional conditions and certain methodological biases, Department of Defense (DoD) land managers need some measure of standardization and comparability in the inventory survey procedures and data collection techniques so the degree of survey coverage on different installations can be objectively assessed. In light of this challenge, the purposes of this study arc to ( 1) establish standard definitions and procedures for conducting intensive inventory survey of archaeological sites, and (2) recommend contracting and cost-estimation guidelines to be used for proposing, budgeting, and scheduling archaeological inventory surveys. The overall goal is to provide quantifiable and statistically defensible methods for conducting inventory surveys on DoD lands by focusing greater attention on the issues of site definition, survey intensity, and the use of appropriate site discovery procedures for given land surface conditions and for given kinds of archaeological resources. Finally, the related issues of contracting and cost estimation are explored as a means of facilitating the planning and execution of archaeological inventory surveys.
Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.)
Archaeological surveying--Standards; Archaeological surveying--Estimates
USACERL Special Report 96/40, Vol 1
Special Report (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.));no. 86/40 Vol 1
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