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Feb. 7, 2013

Fort Bragg wins 2012 Army environmental award for cultural resource management

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Fort Bragg’s Cultural Resources Management team won its category in the Army’s fiscal year 2012 environmental awards, the Army Environmental Command announced Feb. 6.

During the rating period, the Fort Bragg Cultural Resources Management Team completed two inventory surveys of the installation totaling 4,500 acres, reducing restrictions on training lands while maintaining installation compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.

"This is the first time we've won this award and I am so delighted that our cultural resources team can be recognized in this way,” said Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, archaeologist and curator. “It is an honor and a standard we plan to uphold."

The award also recognized the two significant archaeological discoveries made by Department of Defense personnel -- the Wilmore cache of stone quarry blanks and an ancient Clovis point -- which enhanced the knowledge of the earliest people to inhabit the Fort Bragg region.

The team was also awarded for expanding its partnerships with the Department of Defense Education Activity and Army Community Services by participating in events at Fort Bragg schools and by hosting the Youth Leadership Conference for a beautification project at Long Street Presbyterian Church.

“The receipt of this award is overdue recognition of the staff’s long-held commitment to Fort Bragg’s sustainability goal of the right way, the green way, all the way” said Charles Heath, archeologist.

The Wilmore Cache, named Jim Wilmore, the forester grader operator who found it, is an Archaic-period cache of lithic pre-forms, or blanks, found in the fall of 2011.  It was buried more than 2000 years before being uncovered in grading operations for fire-break maintenance.  The cache weighs about 30 pounds, about what one person could comfortable carry overland, on foot.  There are roughly 180 pieces in the cache and are generally hand-size or smaller. 

The Clovis point find was made in March 2012 by Sgt. Mark Shannon and Pfc. Matthew Johnson, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during a combat engineering training event near Sicily Drop Zone.  They reported the find to Range Support who then contacts Cultural Resources to come document the find and location.  This point is made of rhyolite, a material from the Slate Belt region of North Carolina.  It is the most complete one of these points so far found on Fort Bragg lands.  It may have been used as a knife or spear point.

“We consider this point to be a public trust treasure, and should be protected,” Carnes-McNaughton said.

 This year's Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recognize the efforts of Army installations, teams and individuals to sustain and restore the natural and cultural resources found on Army lands throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

More on the awards available here www.army.mil/article/95869/

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