ECORP was recently awarded a merit award by the AEP for the Antelope Valley Research Design. This document, prepared in collaboration with Caltrans District 7, a team of experts in archaeological subdisciplines, and local Native American communities, is a regional historical context that is designed to help guide investigations of Native American archaeological resources in the Antelope Valley region of southeastern California. The Study Area for the Research Design covers 5,202.72 square kilometers (2,008.78 square miles) and includes the entirety of the V-shaped Antelope Valley.
The Research Design presents research themes, research questions, and data needs to help guide archaeological investigations in the region. It includes background information on topography, geology, hydrography, climate, vegetation, fauna, chronology, ethnohistory, previous archaeological investigations, geoarchaeology, and theoretical perspectives for interpreting cultural behavior. The Research Design explores research themes including discussions of paleoenvironmental reconstruction, settlement systems, subsistence, exchange and conveyance, lithic technology, lithic sources, population movements, and social differentiation. Research questions and the kinds of data necessary to address those questions are provided for each theme.