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Finding our Way Forward: Collections Management in a Changing World

Author(s): Heather Thakar

Year: 2017

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Confronting the existing challenges of archaeological collections management amid increasing threat from environmental disasters Museums, Curation facilities, and Repositories worldwide are struggling to preserve irreplaceable cultural heritage. At the same time researchers and government agencies are also struggling to mitigate loss of valuable cultural heritage threatened outside of existing facilities. All involved clearly want to increase opportunities to learn valuable lessons and collect new data from material remains of the human past. This paper considers opportunities for researchers, government agencies, and museum professionals to develop new strategies to preserve the research, education, and outreach value of archaeological materials already in collections as well as new materials being excavated from threatened sites.


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Finding our Way Forward: Collections Management in a Changing World. Heather Thakar. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431105)


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Abstract Id(s): 17047

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