Modeling Archaeological Sites and Forest History on Cedar Mesa, SE Utah
Matson, R. G.
Lipe, William D.
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Producing a model that successfully predicts archaeological site densities over a large area of more than 1,000,00 acres which had diverse prehistoric adaptations and diverse environments is an extremely difficult task. Recently such an attempt has been done for the Monticello BLM area (SWCA 2016). With the difficulties in mind, it is not surprising that this attempt has aspects which can be shown to be incorrect for specific areas. This is the case for the Cedar Mesa area within the Bears Ears NM according to existing high quality archaeological information which is largely publicly available . The “sensitivity” maps produced (in particular Fig. 8-4, 5 and 8) are significantly in error for Cedar Mesa where we have worked together since 1970 . These maps (Figure 1, 8-5) show the spine of the mesa, along Utah 261, being an area of low site density, while our work has demonstrated that this area is, instead, the environment of highest site density. Many of our publications and reports have so argued, beginning in 1971, when planning the Cedar Mesa project [CMP] (Lipe and Matson 1971), progress reports (Matson and Lipe 1975; 1978) and final summary (Matson, Lipe and Haase (1988) and detailed monograph available on line (Matson, Lipe and Haase (1990) as well as many more specialized reports, MA theses and PhD dissertations (see Matson, Lipe and Haase 1988 and Lipe and Matson 2009) for lists). These publications include several in the last few years, Morin and Matson (2015), Lipe et al. (2016), Matson, Lipe and Curewitz (2016), and Lipe (2014).