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0 February 10, 2000
Volume 30 Number 12
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Archaeological Research Program Has a Bypass

The Archaeological Research Program, Department of Anthropology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been awarded $100,000 to assist the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), North Region Office of Major Projects in the performance of initial field studies and documentary research related to the proposed Highway 70 Marysville Bypass Project. Greg White, archaelogical research, is the project director. The project area stretches from Oroville on the north to Olivehurst on the south and consists of a series of alternates for a new Highway 70 freeway alignment. The three major alternates consist of a total of 73 miles of corridors through valley and foothill landscapes, constituting the Areas of Potential Effect (APE) designated by Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration for further environmental review, including evaluation of cultural resources.

The Archaeological Research Program is providing several forms of assistance: (1) to manage and expedite crews who join professional Caltrans archaeologists in thorough field reconnaissance of the APE lands, (2) to conduct background studies and documentary research on historic and prehistoric land use and cultural heritage patterns, (3) to conduct studies of Pleistocene-Holocene geomorphology sufficient to estimate the potential for buried archaeological resources and the dynamic soil formation and landscape evolution processes that have shaped our understanding of the human record, and (4) based on the above information, to generate historic and prehistoric cultural resource sensitivity models for each alternate freeway route. White said the Archaeological Research Program awards allow the Department of Anthropology to engage current graduate students and recent graduates in ongoing North State environmental management activities and place them in demanding professional roles where they have direct contact with career professionals, thus helping to hone their skills and identify links to future career paths. -- KM

 

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