Author

Laura Pernice

Date of Award

5-30-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Cultural resources, Walnut Canyon, Flagstaff, Arizona, geostatistical and spatial analysis techniques of Directional Distribution

Department

Geography

Abstract

Predicting locations of cultural resource in the Walnut Canyon Study Area near Flagstaff, Arizona was accomplished by using geostatistical and spatial analysis techniques of Directional Distribution, Kernel Density, and Average Nearest Neighbor. Known cultural resource sites within Walnut Canyon National Monument were analyzed to identify spatial patterns and densities to apply the results to the study area. Cultural resource sites are predicted to be highly clustered within 200 feet of fresh water sources as well as in woodland and shrub land vegetation types. Results can be used for land-use managers to identify areas to survey with high potential of containing cultural resources.

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