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Sustainability and Public Archaeology: Michigan State University's Campus Archaeology Program

Author(s): Lynne Goldstein

Year: 2015

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This paper examines sustainability and public archaeology from several perspectives. The focus is the Michigan State University (MSU) Campus Archaeology Program (CAP). One major focus of my work has been establishing mechanisms to ensure that the program continues. Another challenge has been crafting ways to ensure knowledge about and participation in what we do. On a university campus, people come and go yearly, and within four years, your wonderful excavation or program will be part of the past. Finally, CAP has tried to examine MSU history from the perspective of sustainability (in the environmental sense). We have archaeological and historic evidence that can be combined to address how sustainable the university has been over time, especially in the areas of transportation, food, and energy. All of these sustainability perspectives will be applied to broader lessons learned and whether these lessons can be transferred elsewhere.

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Sustainability and Public Archaeology: Michigan State University's Campus Archaeology Program. Lynne Goldstein. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434068)


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