tDAR Logo tDAR digital antiquity

The Site With the Most Stuff Wins: Assessing Ephemeral Sites for the National Register

Author(s): J Eric Deetz

Year: 2014

» Downloads & Basic Metadata

Summary

As archaeologists working in cultural resource management we are called upon to assess the potential research value of the resources encountered during survey. We judge the merits of these sites against the criteria for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The more material you find at a site the easier it is to assess. This has the potential to bias the sites we investigate towards “richer” sites and as a result sites with lower densities of materials are too often discounted and not properly considered. These ephemeral sites may represent cultural groups or activities that would go undocumented without archaeological investigation. This paper examines this problem and offers a few suggestions.


This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Cite this Record

The Site With the Most Stuff Wins: Assessing Ephemeral Sites for the National Register. J Eric Deetz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437077)


Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): SYM-53,08

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