Using the NHL framework to Advance the Development of Applied Archaeology

Author(s): Amanda Cvinar

Year: 2017


In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial anniversary thus reminding the public that places of historical significance matter to our national cognizance. Using the National Historic Landmark designation as a means for public education, this papers draws upon my Master’s thesis project, which focuses on building a bridge among CRM, research, and public education at the national level. It serves as a model for how graduate-level, archaeological training contributes to traditional archaeological knowledge, public awareness of the past, and CRM compliance requirements.

The Mortandad Cavate Complex and associated Sandia Pueblo compose a site complex located within the boundary of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Department of Energy managed facility located in Northern New Mexico. This site complex exhibits an exceptional level of preservation and integrity. It is affiliated with the traditions of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso and represents a place of special cultural and traditional value. It is one of four Ancestral Pueblo cultural properties that the Department of Energy plans to nominate as National Historic Landmarks. The relationship among compliance regulations, public education, the traditions of Pueblo de San Ildefonso, and archaeological knowledge of the site serves as a model for the development of applied archaeology.

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Using the NHL framework to Advance the Development of Applied Archaeology. Amanda Cvinar. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430362)

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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): 17553