Accession Number : ADA315481

Title :   Significance Standards for Prehistoric Archeological Sites at Fort Bliss. A Design for Further Research and the Management of Cultural Resources.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 95-Aug 96,

Corporate Author : MARIAH ASSOCIATES INC AUSTIN TX

Personal Author(s) : Abbott, James T. ; Mauldin, Raymond ; Patterson, Patience E. ; Trierweiler, W. N. ; Hard, Robert J.

PDF Url : ADA315481

Report Date : 15 AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 359

Abstract : This document is a design for future archeological research at Fort Bliss. It reviews previous archeological work in the region, assesses the current body of relevant knowledge, and suggests specific avenues for further inquiry. The scientific research design is intended to be a component in the Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP) for Fort Bliss. In conjunction, the research design and the CRMP will facilitate determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for those prehistoric archeological resources managed by the Fort. The theoretical perspective of the research design is explicitly materialistic with a rational-functional approach to explaining human behavior. The research framework also adopts a systems theory approach in which human societies are considered to be intricate systems of variables with ever-changing relationships. Applying a cultural ecological framework, the research design attempts to identify the adaptive strategies by which societies survive within the constraints set by their environments. Within this approach, the research presumes economic optimization, such that human societies tend to identify and select those sets of behaviors with the maximum net utility. The research design first develops a series of natural and cultural contexts for future research by examining the natural environment of the Fort Bliss region, the range of cultural adaptations to such environments, and the extant body of relevant archeological information.

Descriptors :   *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, *HISTORIC SITES, *ARCHEOLOGY, *CULTURAL RESOURCES, SOCIETIES, HUMANS, INTERACTIONS, HISTORY, ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS APPROACH, NEW MEXICO, BEHAVIOR, CULTURE, TEXAS, ECOLOGY, HUMAN RELATIONS, CHRONOMETERS.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE