Facade CRM: Protecting the Resource with Words Rather than Actions

Author(s): R. Lyman

Year: 2016


In 1983, Tom King noted ethical responsibilities of American archaeologists to six entities could be in conflict. A 1997 SAA workshop concluded that "stewardship" should be the "core or foundation" of all ethical principles, and recognized the broad socio-political context of modern archaeology. This context has resulted in facade CRM—statements by federal land-holding agencies that they are the stewards of the archaeological record, yet that record is knowingly destroyed by the agency and others. Criminal charges against SAA members who had stewardship foremost in mind exemplify that words do not protect the resource, but actions can be costly.

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Facade CRM: Protecting the Resource with Words Rather than Actions. R. Lyman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405096)

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Geographic Keywords
North American - Basin Plateau

Spatial Coverage

min long: -122.168; min lat: 42.131 ; max long: -113.028; max lat: 49.383 ;