Discovering the Archaeologists of the Americas: Pilot Project

Author(s): Kenneth Aitchison

Year: 2017


SAA has developed a plan to investigate the demographics of the archaeological profession in the Americas, looking to bring together knowledge and advice on how the profession of archaeology (in Cultural Resource Management, academic, government, museum, self-employed, and other contexts) is structured throughout North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean.

This proposed Discovering the Archaeologists of the Americas Initiative intends to conduct a series of linked surveys that will gather, analyze, interpret, and share information on archaeological employment and education across all of the countries of the Americas. This will set up a process by which the survey can be conducted periodically to examine the development of the profession over time.

This will also allow direct comparisons to be made between archaeological employment in the Americas with Europe, where previous work has been undertaken, and potentially other areas of the world.

SAA, together with Landward LLC, have begun to undertake the Pilot phase of that overall project, carrying out targeted research in two geographical areas - the Republic of Chile and the USA State of New Mexico. This will then inform SAA’s decision-making process ahead of the potential implementation of the full, overall Discovering the Archaeologists of the Americas Initiative.

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Discovering the Archaeologists of the Americas: Pilot Project. Kenneth Aitchison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430068)

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Abstract Id(s): 16797