Natural Resources and managment

Essay by Eddy MitchellUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, February 1997

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Natural Resources and Management

                                        Question one

        Cultural resources are the traces of all past activities and accomplishments of people

that includes designated historic districts, archeological sites, buildings, structures, and

objects. These also include less tangible forms like aspects of folklife, traditional or religious

practices, and landscapes. These nonrenewable resources often yield unique information about

past societies and environments, and can provide answers for modern day social and

conservation problems.

                a ship wreck

        an arrowhead                        ÂÂ

        a canon

        an Indian campsite

        Indian rock art

        a tin can                                                                                 a Victorian house

                an historic mining town

        an irrigation canal

        a dam

        All of these can be cultural resources. Cultural resources are the physical remains of a

people's way of life that archaeologists and historians study to try to interpret how people

lived. Cultural resources are important because they help us to learn about our past. These

tangible remains help us understand other cultures, appreciate architecture and engineering,

and learn about past accomplishments. Furthermore, they offer educational and recreational

opportunities and provide links to our past.

        People have lived in North America for at least 12,000 years. Archaeologists and

historians have divided this time span into prehistoric and historic periods. The prehistoric

period extends from the earliest arrival of humans in North America to the coming of the

European explorers. The historic period begins with the arrival of these explorers and continues

up to the present.

        As you walk across public land, something on the ground catches your eye. You pick up a

piece of pottery or an arrowhead, wondering about the people who made this artifact. Who were

they? When did they live? How did they live?

        If you return the artifact...