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Stabilization of Shoreline Archaeological Sites at Voyageurs National Park

  • Mark J. Lynott (a1)

Abstract

Elevated lake levels resulting from dam construction in the early twentieth century is producing widespread shoreline erosion at Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota. In an effort to preserve a sample of the more significant archaeological sites, the National Park Service has initiated a program of site stabilization. Stabilization of the Clyde Creek and Sweetnose Island sites was accomplished during the winter months by transporting materials and supplies across an ice road. The use of filter fabric and turf-stabilization matting in association with large quantities of sediment and riprap have produced a new shoreline that serves to protect the respective archaeological deposits. This approach has successfully preserved these intact archaeological resources and avoided the costs associated with large-scale data recovery and curation of collections.

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Los altos niveles de agua en los lagos producidos por las muchas presas construidas a principios de este sigh causan actualmente la extensa erosión delas orillas de estos lagos en el Parque Nacional Voyageurs, en el estado de Minnesota, E. U. A. Para preservar un porcentaje de los sitios arqueológicos más importantes en este parque, el National Park Service ha iniciado un programa de establización de sitios arqueológicos. Se establizaron los sitios Clyde Creek y Sweetnose Island durante los meses invernales después de cargar materiales a los sitios por medio de un camino temporal sobre el hielo. Se usaron una tela para filtrar y un tejido para entapizar, más grandes cantidades de sedimentos y riprap para producir una nueva orilla que sirve para proteger los depósitos arqueológicos. Con este método se han protegido y preservado estos recursos arqueológicos, evitando los gastos de excavaciones y conservación de artefactos recuperados.

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