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Developing and Maintaining Community Interest in Archaeology: The Role of Municipal Government and Public Archaeology Outreach in St. Augustine, Florida

Author(s): Sarah Miller ; MisCha Johns ; Carl Halbirt

Year: 2014

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St. Augustine, Florida, has a vibrant heritage spanning almost 449 years of continuous European occupation. In 1987 the city passed an archaeological preservation ordinance authorizing the documentation of archaeological deposits prior to ground-penetrating development on both public and private properties’a result of the convergence of events and activism. Administration of this policy directive is through the City’s Planning and Building Department, with implementation under the auspices of the permitting processes; thus insuring that all projects are evaluated for potential impacts to archaeological deposits. To date, more than 650 archaeological investigations have occurred: resources that would have been otherwise threatened by construction. While the local ordinance mandates an archaeological response in designated sections of the city, maintaining community interest and support is achieved through an active public outreach program. This presentation examines the policies and procedures necessary to create and maintain an archaeological program at the municipal level.


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Developing and Maintaining Community Interest in Archaeology: The Role of Municipal Government and Public Archaeology Outreach in St. Augustine, Florida. Sarah Miller, MisCha Johns, Carl Halbirt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436661)


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PaperId(s): SYM-10,03

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