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  • Archaeology and the Oil Spill:  Exploration of the Mississippi Barrier Islands as a result of the BP Oil spill (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew J Robinson. Haley J Streuding.

    The Mississippi barrier islands are a collection of publicly accessible, naturally occurring, seacoast defense structures with evidence of Native American occupation, French exploration and colonization and American habitation through World War II.  In 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill occurred, spilling oil across the Gulf of Mexico and onto the Mississippi Barrier Island.  The Mississippi barrier islands consist of Cat, West and East Ship, Horn, and Petit Bois Islands.  As a result of...

  • Foresight, threat analysis and risk assessment of the marine historic environment of England: English Heritage’s development of new approaches and tools to aid heritage management (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ian Oxley.

    Natural processes and human activity impact on our heritage.  Focussing on those areas and types of heritage that are least understood, most threatened, most significant and/or most valued by communities, English Heritage’s National Heritage Protection Plan provides a framework to further the protection, management and presentation of England’s historic environment.   Formal processes of foresight, threat analysis and risk assessment are considered to be fundamental to delivering the Plan...

  • From the Prehistoric to the Hippie-era: An Archaeological and Historical Inventory of Peaceable Kingdom, Washington County, Texas (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Rhiana D. Casias. Jennifer K. McWilliams.

    Peaceable Kingdom (PK) is a 250-acre property situated within the Brazos River drainage basin in Washington County, Texas. Initially part of land owned by one of Stephen F. Austin’s original 300 colonists, the property has experienced a unique and colorful history including an African-American freedom colony and a 1970's school for self-sufficient living. In the summer of 2012 the Texas Tech Archaeological Field School launched a full-scale pedestrian survey of PK in order to inventory all...

  • Looted Artifacts, Lost History (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael N Hogan.

                The looting of archaeological sites is not new. However, the glamorization of finding and selling artifacts has reached a larger audience through recent American television shows such as Spike TV’s "American Digger" and National Geographic’s "Diggers" which illustrate the unscientific removal and sale of cultural materials.   While federal and state laws protect sites on public land, sites on private property are less safeguarded.  In states such as Texas, which is 95% privately...

  • Managing submerged prehistory; New Approaches in the Southern North Sea. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Edward Salter. Chris Pater.

    In 2007/2008 75 Palaeolithic flint implements, including 28 hand axes were discovered on the oversize pile of a Dutch aggregates wharf. Dredged from an English Marine Aggregate Licence Area, the material and the site of their discovery have since been subject to intensive investigations. Much of this work was provided for via the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund, but this funding source ended in March 2011 and a way forwards for the site had to be found. Since that time, English...

  • Negotiating the transformation of a workspace into a classroom and museum at James Madison's Montpelier (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Katherine E Seeber.

    James Madison’s Montpelier is the plantation home of the forth president of the United States, and author of the U.S. Constitution. The historic home is located in the Piedmont Region of Virginia, and has had an archaeology program since 1985. Throughout the years, like any department it underwent a multitude of changes from the beginning to present. However, for the last several years we have employed a vigorous public archaeology program educating all ranges of people from archaeology...

  • Québec City's Archaeological Master Plan (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only William Moss. Daniel Simoneau. Michel Plourde.

    The City of Québec is developing an archaeological master plan for its territory which  includes four legally-defined historic districts, one of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The plan is being developed in the context of renewed provincial heritage legislation that will come into force in October 2012, and of the adoption of a revised urban master plan required under provincial legislation. The archaeological master plan will be accompanied by policy and programmes designed to foster...

  • Shipwrecks, Pirates, Governments, and Archaeologists: Can We All Just Get Along? (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kelley Scudder-Temple. Cynthia Wirth. Michael Pateman.

    During the past several decades salvage operators, government sanctioned and non-sanctioned, have destroyed countless archaeological sites through the pillaging of shipwrecks in search of sunken treasure throughout The Bahamas. Recently the government of The Bahamas passed the Underwater Heritage Shipwreck Act which allows for a limited number of licensed excavations to be conducted by salvage companies under the supervision of appointed archaeologists and government officials. Has the...

  • The Town of Jay, Florida: A Crossroads in History (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Barbara Hines.

    The Town of Jay, located in Northwest Florida, is seemingly typical of a small agricultural community in this region; however this community’s connections to various individuals and entities, including the Panton, Leslie and Co.Trading Company, provide a unique glimpse into early settlement patterns in North Florida. A team of archaeologists and historians worked together to record all historic properties. Local informants with long-standing connections to the community, including individuals of...