Landuse reconstruction at the founding settlement of Las Vegas, Nevada

Research paper by James Schoenwetter, John W. Hohmann

Indexed on: 23 Sep '16Published on: 23 Sep '16Published in: Historical archaeology


Integration of artifactual, architectural, historical, geoarchaeological, faunal, macrobotanical, and palynological evidence provides the grounds for a model of the landuse history of Las Vegas, Nevada, from the second quarter of the 19th century until 1905. The integrated model reinforces and elaborates upon landuse changes noted in the historic record, but adds details to support a processual, explanatory, analysis that is not well-evidenced by available documentation. From this perspective, the landuse history of Las Vegas appears always to have been more significantly influenced by socioeconomic factors than ecological conditions—a reality that continues to the present day.