Addressing Anthropogenic Safety Concerns in the Archeological Workplace: A Case Study

Author(s): Addison Kimmel; Steven Katz

Year: 2015


The changing nature of contract and academic archaeology has led to new safety challenges that cannot be addressed simply through adherence to OSHA regulations. In this paper we move beyond the still-relevant environmental safety challenges that were the focus of earlier work on archaeology and workplace safety, and examine anthropogenic safety issues that can commonly arise during fieldwork. We address issues such as potential theft, assault, harassment, uncontrolled animals, as well as the witnessing of crimes and other human-made safety challenges, and look at how other industries have responded to similar issues. We then introduce a recent long-term, large-scale urban architectural survey as a case study in how archaeologists can proactively respond to these challenges. Lastly, we argue that these challenges need to be explicitly addressed by employers within the archaeological sector, and that field safety manuals should be updated frequently as to enhance archaeologists’ ability to participate in the Section 106 process and to effectively conduct research in a safe and efficient manner.

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Addressing Anthropogenic Safety Concerns in the Archeological Workplace: A Case Study. Steven Katz, Addison Kimmel. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397326)

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