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Artifacts from US Military Installation: Dusty Treasures or Unwanted Objects

Author(s): George W. Calfas

Year: 2017

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Summary

Collections allow archaeologists and other scholars the opportunity a means to view past lifeways. Those lifeways are connected to past histories that are situated in a time and place. Context is everything! However, what happens when artifacts are lost misplaced, or mis-catalogued? Archaeologists across the globe are working on shoe-string budgets and are being asked to do more with less. Due to these shrinking budgets the collections that we painstakingly curate often are given less care and often do nothing more than become reintroduced into a new archaeological record; the collection facility. This paper will explore issues in artifact care, cataloging, and storage encountered by Department of Defense installation archaeologists.


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Artifacts from US Military Installation: Dusty Treasures or Unwanted Objects. George W. Calfas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435204)


Keywords

Temporal Keywords
1750-1950


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 541

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