Some of our Projects
The projects listed here are just a brief sample of what ASC does. More information about these and other ASC projects can be found in our Annual Report.
Empire Mine State Historic Park, Nevada County California
2014 marked the seventh consecutive year that ASC has worked with DPR on the extensive environmental restoration project at Empire Mine State Historic Park. In the 2013/2014 fiscal year ASC monitored: the removal of contaminated soil from the Empire Mine’s historic cyanide plant; the removal of mine-derived sediment associated with the late 19th-century Magenta Mine drain-tunnel portal; and the excavation of two test pits near the Empire Mine stamp mill.
Previous work included a historic context, a survey/inventory report documenting the history and cultural resources in the Park, an updated National Register nomination for the Empire Mine Historic District, and an evaluation to determine which resources contribute to the Historic District so they can be considered during remediation activities.
Fort Ross State Historic Park, Sonoma County, California
ASC was privileged to work at Fort Ross State Historic Park on the Sonoma Coast in 2014. This was the fourth time we have done archaeology there since 1988. Established by Russian traders in 1812, Fort Ross is a California Historical Landmark and National Historic Landmark. ASC staff, students, and volunteers worked with a DPR archaeologist and a Kashaya cultural monitor to investigate a portion of the Fort’s south stockade wall prior to planned reconstruction. They spent nine days excavating the area surrounding the south stockade wall.
The team uncovered artifacts that spanned the Fort’s 200 year history and times before; including artifacts associated with the Kashaya settlement present before the arrival of the Russians, and which lasted into the mid-19th century.
Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, California
Recent projects at Joshua Tree National Park include archaeological surveys that recorded 40 new sites and indigenous trail networks. One of those new sites was a protohistoric potter’s cache, complete with balls of dried but unfired clay, a pottery anvil, and several metal knife blades. Other work documented a buried site that had been exposed and damaged by erosion.
Past work at the Park include archaeological site condition assessments of indigenous and historic sites, an indigenous archaeological overview of the Park, and a National Register of Historic Places district nomination for indigenous archaeological sites in the southern Wonderland of Rocks vicinity.
Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California
ASC recorded a large World War II training camp in Mojave National Preserve. The camp was the home of the U.S. Army 7th Infantry and was in operation for three months intermittently between 1942 and 1944. Over 16,000 troops were trained here in preparation for the conflict in North Africa. The ASC crew recorded over 300 features from this short-term camp that have nevertheless survived decades in their original locations.