This report presents the descriptive and analytical results of an
archeological survey of Arches National Park in southeast Utah (Utah
Project No. U87-NA-054N). A total of 26 sites and 69 isolated artifact
finds was recorded in the 1,160 acres surveyed during August 1987. This
report is produced in cooperation with the National Park Service, Midwest
Archeological Center, in accordance with Supplemental Agreement No.
CA-6115-7-8008 and in furtherance of Master Cooperative Agreement No.
CA-6000-4-8020 between the National Park Service, Midwest Region, and the
University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Arches National Park encompasses a broad range of geological formations and
microenvironments. The Park is bounded to the north by Salt Valley and
Salt Wash and to the south by Courthouse Wash. Elevations range from 4,100
ft (1,250 m) to 5,500 ft (1,676 m). Vegetation is generally sparse within
the Park. The archeological resources recorded during this survey included
lithic scatters, several rock shelters, a pictograph/petroglyph panel, and
an historic site. The survey data is outlined descriptively, and evaluated
using descriptive and analytic statistics.
The purpose of the project was to conduct an intensive pedestrian survey in
order to locate archeological resources in areas which might be adversely
affected by future maintenance and development in the Park. Also, this
report is intended to serve Park personnel as a cultural resource
management tool. Effective management and interpretation of these
archeological resources can be based, in part, on some of the study results
presented in this document.