Fort Riley, Kansas



Artifact Recovery vs. In Situ Protection

By Unknown | DPW.ENV | May 06, 2009

Burned wood and limestone unearthed during archeological excavations of a prehistoric site associated with a Native American earth lodge at Fort Riley

•To protect a prehistoric earth lodge excavation from continued destruction by power line corridor maintenance, data recovery was necessary. Some data was left in situ, as portions of the site were not in danger.

•Sometimes, physical barriers are used to protect Fort Riley's significant historic farmsteads from disturbance caused by training. These areas also enhance tactical training by providing additional cover and concealment opportunities during maneuver exercises.

•Some of the significant and potentially eligible historic Fort Riley farmsteads have existing structures such as open wells, collapsing roofs and crumbling foundations that pose a hazard to Soldiers. These sites will undergo extensive data recovery efforts and will be demolished to remove the hazard.

•All open, hand-dug wells are filled pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 in order to prevent Soldiers from being affected by these cavities.

•Native American burial mounds on the installation are protected from potential damage by large stone barriers that restrict access to the sites. The barriers of native stone blend into the landscape so that the protected sites are not easily distinguished from the local landscape.