Exploring Cultural Resource Management’s Contribution to Historical Archaeology, 1967–2014

Author(s): Corey D. McQuinn

Year: 2016


Since the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, the Society for Historical Archaeology and the cultural resource management (CRM) industry have grown along parallel, but slightly different, paths. While CRM archaeologists make up more than half of the SHA’s membership, and the industry arguably generates more raw archaeological data each year than any other sector of the discipline, its representation in the journal is disproportionately low. This study presents the results of a bibliometric analysis of the journal and examines some of the trends, both temporal and thematic, of CRM publication. The results of the study identify some surprising trends in thematic focus, symposia involvement, and publication rates. While anecdotal evidence suggests a marginal role for CRM in the discipline’s theoretical growth, this analysis demonstrates how the industry contributes to the advancement of archaeology in unique ways.

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Exploring Cultural Resource Management’s Contribution to Historical Archaeology, 1967–2014. Corey D. McQuinn. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434652)

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