Conducting an Archaeological Survey Across a Country: the Trials and Triumphs of the Nicaragua Canal Archaeological Baseline Project

Summary

In 2014, ERM undertook an archaeological baseline survey for the Canal de Nicaragua project as part of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. Intended to assess the entire canal route, the area examined included a 10km wide corridor from the Boca de Brito on the Pacific coast to the mouth of the Punta Gorda on the Caribbean coast (a 1,400km² impact area). This paper presents ERM’s Nicaragua project as a case study of a high level CRM effort operating within a politically charged medium that yielded significant results for the people of Nicaragua. It provides a brief description of ERM’s survey, including background research, development of viable sampling methodologies, project planning and logistics, field work execution, and results. It will conclude by discussing how findings from a project of this magnitude can be used for archaeological planning, policy, and archaeological stewardship in a developing country.   

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Conducting an Archaeological Survey Across a Country: the Trials and Triumphs of the Nicaragua Canal Archaeological Baseline Project. Emlen Myers, Christopher Polglase, Benjamin D. Siegel, Manuel Roman, Douglas Park. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434789)

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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): 845