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Management Challenges, Public Relations, and Professional Issues

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2015

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  • The Best Kept Secrets in Archaeology: The numbers no one knows, but everyone talks about. (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434077] Doug Rocks-Macqueen.

    How many professional archaeologists are there? How much do they make? How many women are archaeologists? Where do they work? It has been 20 years since the data to answer these questions was gathered through a survey and published in the report The American Archaeologist: A Profile by Melinda A. Zeder. However, there has yet to be a follow up project. Our only profile of professional archaeologists is arguably out of date, signficantly. This paper uses a variety of different data sources to...

  • Bridging the Boundary Between Archeological Site Protection and Natural Resources Invasive Species Management in the National Park Service: A Case Study of Robinia pseudoacacia Management at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434043] Ashley Barnett. Keri Deneau.

    Archeologists have identified many historic archeological sites by the presence of cultural vegetation. When Euro-Americans claimed homesteads, they often planted exotic vegetation species on their properties, either for beautification of their land or for utilitarian purposes. In the National Park Service (NPS), natural resource programs now consider many of these non-native species to be invasive and have instituted management plans to stop the uncontrolled spread of these plants. The fact...

  • Digital Archaeological Data: An Examination Of Different Publishing Models (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433951] Mark Freeman.

    The open data movement, inter-site analysis, and the desire for public outreach are encouraging archaeologists to share data, as well as results. Yet the history of archaeological collections provides concerns about access and preservation that extend to managing digital assets. This paper will examine the availability of digital archaeological data in Virginia, based on a recent survey, and examine the strengths and weaknesses of different models of archaeological data publication.

  • Finding Successful Solutions for Environmental, Engineering, Cultural Resources, and Public Relations Challenges at the Presidio of San Francisco, California (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434018] Sean E McMurry.

    In 2012-2014, AMEC successfully balanced the needs of the National Park Service (NPS), the Presidio Trust, and regulators to preserve historic resources, maintain public relations, engineer safe and effective solutions, and address environmental concerns during remediation activities to remove contaminated soil at the Presidio of San Francisco, a NHLD and NRHP-listed property. For over 150 years, the Presidio, located near the Golden Gate Bridge, was used by the U.S. Army to protect San...

  • Historical Archaeology in Transportation Projects in Arizona (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433924] Sara C. Ferland.

    Transportation projects come with a unique set of challenges; including the limitation of fieldwork to the right-of-way, the potential for a project to bisect entire landscapes, and sometimes the fact that the road itself is a resource. This paper will provide an overview of the types of historical resources and issues that are encountered during transportation-related projects in Arizona, and examples of how we address them.

  • Hurricane Sandy and the New Jersey Waterway Debris Removal Project: Archaeological Methodology During Sediment and Debris Removal Operations. (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433986] Morgan MacKenzie.

    Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, 29-31 October, 2012. The New Jersey Waterway Debris Removal Project was a collaborative effort to remove storm debris and accumulated sediment following the storm. This paper will address archaeological methodology and Section 106 compliance conducted by Dewberry during the NJ DEP Waterway Debris Removal Project as well as unexpected discoveries encountered during operations. 

  • Old Records and New Tools: Using Historic Land Records to Structure Archaeological Survey and Historic Site Management on the Siuslaw National Forest (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434104] Lindsey Stallard.

    Over 3,900 land records are housed at the Siuslaw National Forest (SNF) headquarters offering valuable information on early 20th Century homesteading in Oregon’s Coast Range. Current SNF program direction aims to summarize this information to support archaeological site identification and the development of a historic context that will lead to a more effective management strategy for homestead sites. Initial work to meet this goal is underway through this author’s research, which will focus on...

  • Overwhelmed with Possibilities: A Model for Urban Heritage Tourism Development (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434011] Tristan J. Harrenstein.

    The city of Pensacola, FL has been attempting to create a heritage tourism industry for half a century but has never achieved the same level of success of some of the most notable destinations they were trying to emulate. This is, in part, due to a signifiant level of development in the historic district, much of which is now historic as well, combined with an impressively complex history concentrated in a relatively small area. If Pensacola, and any community in a similar sutation, is to...

  • Present in the Past: Environmental Archaeology and Public Policy (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434036] James Gibb.

      Eroding farmland, diminishing forest stocks, sediments choking navigable waterways….these are environmental changes wrought, at least in part, by human decisions and human actions. In the present, these are highly politicized issues, providing thin veils to debates about ideology. Exploring environmental changes in the distant past creates a safe place in which dialogue participants have little or no vested interest and ideology a less prominent role. Public dissemination of archaeological...

  • Urban Archaeology in the City of the Saints and the Growth of a Real Frontier City (2015)
    Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434083] Donald D. Southworth II.

    While archaeologist in the western United States survey wide open expanses for federal and state agencies, archaeology in the urban centers themselves are often ignored.  The majority of city centers consist mostly of businesses and business is money.  Archaeology in these districts cost time and money, so archaeology is almost never undertaken unless it is done for an agency that must follow established laws and regulations that include archaeology.  The new United States Courthouse for the...

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