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Setting the Machine in Motion: What Triggers Archaeological Review at the Local Level?

Author(s): Douglas Appler

Year: 2014

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One of the central characteristics of successful municipal archaeology programs is that they require archaeological review prior to ground disturbing activities, such as new city road projects or new commercial development. But there is considerable variety in the regulatory ‘triggers’ that local governments use to determine when archaeological review is required. Using examples from cities and counties across the United States, this paper will highlight the different processes used to bring archaeology into the land development sphere in private and local government projects. The range of approaches used draws attention to both the flexibility of local development regulations, and to their ability to meet the specific political and archaeological needs of each community. The discussion of these ‘triggers’ will also present an opportunity to explore different options for communities considering how archaeology might fit into their local regulations.

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Setting the Machine in Motion: What Triggers Archaeological Review at the Local Level?. Douglas Appler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436659)

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