Cultural Resource Management

Cultural resource managers are mandated by law and policy to protect archeological sites and the artifacts that come from them. Monument staff protect nearly 70 archeological sites and over 50,000 artifacts. They are implementing science-based, "cutting edge" technologies in order to effectively manage these irreplaceable resources.

Learn about different cultural resource management projects below.

Backcountry Archeological Sites Preservation

This project involved mapping 41 sites to include topography, in-situ architecture, fallen walls, and any associated features. A semi-permanent datum was established.

Cyclical Maintenance and Stabilization at the Lower and Upper Cliff Dwellings


Laser Scanning at the Lower and Upper Cliff Dwellings

Archeologists at Tonto National Monument are working to produce laser scanned maps of the Lower and Upper Cliff Dwellings as well as other archeological sites within the Monument boundary. Laser scan technology produces maps and models of the cliff dwellings with pinpoint accuracy. By using this technology, archeologists can record vandalism and track changes in the stability of the ancient walls over time. With 3D models, it may be possible to digitally reconstruct damaged and collapsed walls, allowing visitors to experience the dwelling as they existed in prehistory.

Last updated: June 26, 2017

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