Public Engagement and Compliance Archaeology in a Museum Setting

Author(s): Christina Rieth

Year: 2015


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 paper provides an overview of the benefits and challenges of public engagement and the need to diversify engagement strategies to serve the various publics encountered by compliance archaeologists. The importance of including a plan for engagement into scientific research designs is discussed along with the need to consider engagement both during and after the completion of fieldwork. Examples of public engagement from state and federally funded compliance projects in New York are provided.

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Public Engagement and Compliance Archaeology in a Museum Setting. Christina Rieth. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396650)

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