Naval Air Facility – El Centro

UltraSystems was contracted by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest Division to conduct and report on cultural resource surveys under Contract N62473-14-D-1414, Task Order 2. This task calls for a cultural resource pedestrian survey on the Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake, an approximately one million acre Naval base. NAWS – China Lake is the largest Naval installation in the Nation. The survey covered 30,000 acres in both the North and South Ranges. NAWS China Lake is located in the Western Mojave Desert of eastern California. The purpose of this Task Order is to provide an inventory of cultural resource sites and isolated historic artifacts on the base. This study fulfills the Navy’s compliance responsibilities as prescribed by Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Navy’s OPNAVINST 5090.1D regulations. Cultural resources include all prehistoric and historic archaeological features, sites and isolate artifacts. Detailed recording of the sites was made including a written description of the spatial extent of the site, a list of the types and numbers of artifacts and features, photographs of the site, artifacts and environs, and sub-meter accuracy of its extent and precise location. Only chronologically diagnostic or especially unique artifacts were collected.