Arizona wildfires threaten sites

Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Admin

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Wildfires in Arizona are threatening to consume archaeological sites in the affected areas.

As the fire moves east toward New Mexico it enters the historically rich Gila and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests, where scientists estimate there are several thousand archeological sites.

“That may be a low figure,” said Jim Bradford, regional supervisory archeologist for the National Park Service. The sites, which are defined by the physical remains of human activity, can be anything from a scattering of spear points to a multistory cliff palace. Archeologists have evidence of 12,000 years of human history in the area.

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Story: Ashley Powers, Nicholas Riccardi and Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times | Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

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