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500 Years of Experience at a Ten-Year Old Museum: Positives And Pitfalls of Avocational Cooperation

Author(s): Eric Ray

Year: 2014

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The Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, Texas, has a large prehistoric collection, largely collected by avocational archaeologists. This is not unusual for a museum. What is perhaps more unusual is the extent to which ongoing research is conducted under the aegis of the museum.In an era of tight budgets, when many universities have had to cut back fieldwork, the museum’s field research program is expanding. The research program is active at multiple long-term sites, as well as providing ongoing analysis of the existing collection.This paper discusses both the positives and negative aspects of a professional/avocational/museum archaeological relationship, and makes suggestions for implementing such a program in other communities.


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500 Years of Experience at a Ten-Year Old Museum: Positives And Pitfalls of Avocational Cooperation. Eric Ray. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437353)


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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