Creative Public-Centered Approaches to Compliance Archaeology

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

Public engagement is an important component of compliance projects. The involvement of the public in compliance archaeology is inherent in the National Historic Preservation Act as well as many state historic preservation programs. The benefits of such involvement are numerous and provide an important opportunity to inform the public about the importance of archaeology and stewardship of the archaeological record. The integration of diverse constituencies in such efforts however, is not without its challenges and it has long been recognized that when involving the public in such projects, there is no such thing as a single public engagement model that fits all situations. This symposium provides an overview of the ways that American archaeologists have engaged the public in compliance work and the creative archaeological programs that have been developed as a result of publically funded archaeology projects.

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  • And Then Sometimes, The Public Engages You (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Duane Quates. Laurie Rush. Margaret Schulz.

    At Fort Drum, our responsiveness to public engagement has been a key element in creating scenarios that have benefited not only the program but the installation and the resource itself. In one example, pressure from Range Control and comments from the public resulted in the conversion of an off limits archaeological district into a training asset and further led to the site’s use in global stewardship training. In a second example, a seemingly ordinary visit from a family member of a Soldier...

  • Bridging the Professional-Public Divide through Flood Recovery Compliance Archaeology at the University of Iowa (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Reetz. Cynthia L. Peterson. Melody Pope.

    Recent federally-funded flood relief compliance projects on the University of Iowa campus provided the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist with an opportunity to involve various publics in our work. It also provided us with an opportunity to reflect critically on how we represent our work and archaeology more broadly to the public and how our work is presented to even wider publics by the media. We first present an overview of the various approaches we took to engage the public...

  • A Community Approach to Data Recovery Investigations at the Dimond Knoll Site, Harris County, Texas (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jason Barrett. Linda Gorski. Richard Weinstein. Roger Moore.

    The Dimond Knoll Screening Project has been one of the most successful Public Outreach efforts undertaken to date by the Texas Department of Transportation’s Archeological Studies Branch. Excavation of this small floodplain mound in northwestern Harris County was completed 2012, revealing a record of regular visitation by mobile foraging groups across nearly ten millennia. Once the upper sediments of the knoll were extensively sampled through meticulous hand excavation, the remaining sandy...

  • Connecting Communities to Place: Public Archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Horton.

    The National Park Service (NPS) pursues multiple opportunities to partner with community organizations and engage the public in our ongoing archaeological and historical research program at Fort Vancouver in southwest Washington. Our focus is to increase our understanding of the people who lived at this multicomponent historical archaeological site. The park forms a large portion of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, which is significant for its role as the headquarters for Hudson’s Bay...

  • Levels of Public Engagement in Vermont Archaeology and Striving to Match Outreach with Outcomes (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only John Crock.

    A review of the last 15 years of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program’s public outreach activities suggests that projects with experiential learning components and strong community partnerships have had the greatest impact. Efforts that combine visits by school groups to the field, excavations open to the public and field work opportunities for volunteers generate the greatest participation and public interest and yield the most positive feedback. Handbook style publications...

  • Public Engagement and Compliance Archaeology in a Museum Setting (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Christina Rieth.

    Public engagement in compliance archaeology is inherent in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as many state historic preservation ordinances. Engagement in publically funded projects allows those who pay for the research to share in the project results but also provide information as stakeholders of the past. Although such regulations provide for public engagement, the process and type of involvement varies by project, geographic area, and archaeological resource. This...

  • Public Outreach and Pipeline Archaeology in the Western United States (2015)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Susan Chandler.

    Cultural resource companies are increasingly tasked with disseminating the results of their archaeological research to the public. Because the nature of the archaeological record differs for each compliance project and because there are many different "publics" who can be identified, archaeologists have taken several different approaches to public outreach. In the last decade, Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. has created a variety of public outreach products that describe what was...