Politics, The Public, And Archaeology In Texas

Author(s): Lee F Reissig

Year: 2017


This study examines organizations performing CRM archaeology in the state of Texas and the federal laws that dictate their projects (e.g. Section 106 and its implementing regulations at 36 CFR 800.2 [c]). Specifically this research focuses on the legal requirements to "consult the public" or implement a "public outreach" program. However, who constitutes the public and what constitutes outreach and consultation is not specified in the regulations. Consequently, the standards do not necessarily result in meaningful public consultation or outreach. Because the language in the statutes is ambiguous, this study looks at how different organizations interpret and act on the legal requirement to "consult the public." Using an archaeological ethnographic perspective, this research examines the conduct of contemporary archaeology as practiced by different organizations as a product of political, economic, and social forces.

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Politics, The Public, And Archaeology In Texas. Lee F Reissig. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435554)

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