Anthropology, Department of
Awaiting the Call: Historic Sites Monitoring and Preservation at Fort Charlotte (21CK7), Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
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Undisturbed archeological deposits at Fort Charlotte—a component of Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota—reflect the daily activities and social dynamics of the Canadian fur trade. These remains are threatened by both natural and human factors, and the park has sought methods to monitor the site, protect its archeological resources from destruction, and maintain the potential for significant research into all aspects of the fur trade. This thesis explores the potential of Fort Charlotte as a significant archeological site, discusses trends and current attitudes toward historic preservation, and offers recommendations for the preservation of 21CK7. Specifically, this thesis introduces an archeological monitoring plan, drawing from both environmental and geological management strategies, to protect, preserve, and study archeological remains at Fort Charlotte. Preliminary implementation of a monitoring plan was completed during the summer of 2010, and some positive impacts of the strategy are already apparent.
A Thesis presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Anthropology, Under the Supervision of Professor Peter Bleed. Lincoln, Nebraska. November, 2010. Copyright 2010 Andrew LaBounty