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In Defense of Archaeotourism

Author(s): Deborah Gangloff

Year: 2015

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Archaeotourism, the visiting of sites of historic and prehistoric significance, not only satisfies people’s interest in the past, but more importantly helps to build greater support for cultural resource preservation and research. While protecting sites is paramount, professional archaeologists cannot ignore or risk losing the opportunities archaeotourism provides; namely creating a scientifically- and culturally-literate population that can help advance the protection of cultural resources and the appreciation of historic preservation for the future. For over 30 years, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has used archaeotourism to build a passionate and knowledgeable constituency for archaeology, cultural resource protection, and historic preservation. In this way, we have also built a donor base that can help sustain Crow Canyon as an autonomous, independent nonprofit organization.

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In Defense of Archaeotourism. Deborah Gangloff. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396312)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America