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Rehabilitating America’s Forgotten Excavations: Case Studies from the Veterans Curation Program

Author(s): Patrick S Rivera

Year: 2015

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Since the passage of historic preservation legislation in the middle of the twentieth century, the pace of mandated excavation has always exceeded the resources devoted to preservation and curation of our national heritage.  Many of the archaeological projects conducted on public land have never been properly inventoried, preserved, or publicized.  As a result, these investigations remain largely inaccessible to researchers, and they create an immense burden on repositories.  In 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District established the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) to address the problem of endangered and underutilized archaeological collections.  The VCP has rehabilitated more than 180 collections representing over 1,000,000 artifacts.  Each investigation is inventoried, cataloged, preserved, and photographed, and documentary records are used to reconstruct proveniences and contextual data.  The collections – which include an historic mill, a plantation, and protohistoric Mississippian villages – constitute an important new resource for education and research.

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Rehabilitating America’s Forgotten Excavations: Case Studies from the Veterans Curation Program. Patrick S Rivera. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434117)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 31

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