Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Anthropology
Kelly J. Dixon
Randall Skelton, Perry Brown
wilderness, wilderness and archaeology, montane archaeology, Federal wilderness policy, Wilderness Act
University of Montana
Cultural resource specialists working with and for Federal land management agencies have voiced their concern about the perception of cultural sites within federally recognized wilderness areas. However, as a whole, professionals working within the discipline of archaeology have remained relatively absent in the debates on wilderness with regards to human occupation in these designated areas. This thesis introduces the concept of wilderness, its history, perceptions, management, laws, and issues relevant to archaeology. It also draws attention to the paucity of archaeological research and the relaxed nature of cultural resource compliance mandates [National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Sections 106 and 110] placed on federally recognized wilderness areas. By recognizing and examining these concepts and issues, this thesis intends to call attention to the importance of developing an archaeological subfield within wilderness studies.
Blecha, Erika S., "Into the Wild: A Case Study of the Intersection of Archaeology and Federal WIlderness Policy" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4549.
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