Thesis

A cultural resource management program for the Upper Santa Clara River Valley, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California

The present influx of people and urbanization into the Upper Santa Clara River Valley has led to a rapid, unnatural increase in the degree of impact to the various cultural resources present within the Upper Santa Clara River Valley. This increase in the degree of impact is resulting in the unmitigated loss of scientific information and cultural heritage that these cultural resources represent, a loss that can be avoided via adequate cultural resource management planning. The program presented in this thesis will outline how the cultural resource potential of the Upper Santa Clara River Valley can be realized through a comparison of the known cultural resources with the existing archaeological, historical, and ethnographical data, supplemented by a predictive field sampling program which would identify those variables, or corrbination of variables, either natural or cultural, which would be associated with the occurrences and interpretation of cultural resources. The cultural resource potential would serve as the basis for developing planning decisions regarding the management and allocation of the potential use of the cultural resource in terms of protection, preservation, enhancement or consumptive utilization. The Cultural Resource Management Program is the vehicle by which the potential of all the cultural resources, either known or unknown, within the Upper Santa Clara River Valley, will be realized and adequately addressed in the planning process, insuring against the wanton destruction of our heritage.

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