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Holes in Student Education: Policy and Adequate Field Training in Contemporary Archaeology

Author(s): Charles Riggs ; Blythe Morrison

Year: 2017

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Despite the importance of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in contemporary archaeology, the task of teaching students proper field techniques still largely falls on academic institutions in the form of summer archaeological field schools. Although CRM derives from numerous federal laws and policies, the same laws have made the conduct of field school increasingly difficult as federal, state and tribal land managers impose restrictions on the scope of excavations on lands that were once critical to academic field training operations. These changes have forced many academic programs to either limit their curriculum or have caused field schools to increasingly rely upon private land for field training purposes, often opening an entirely new Pandora’s box of ethical concerns. We suggest that training within this limiting environment cannot adequately prepare students for the complex field situations they will encounter as they embark on careers in Cultural Resource Management.

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Holes in Student Education: Policy and Adequate Field Training in Contemporary Archaeology. Charles Riggs, Blythe Morrison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430022)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17432

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