A State Agency’s Perspective

Author(s): Timothy Dodson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Archaeology as a Public Good: Why Studying Archaeology Creates Good Careers and Good Citizens" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

I offer a perspective of why archaeology should be a part of all students’ educational journey as a way to cultivate critical skills and educate well-rounded, successful members of society. As an individual in charge of assessing the effect of local, state and federal undertakings on cultural resources, I continually stress that valuing, protecting and studying cultural heritage does not impede progress but enrich it.

In this paper, I offer examples of how archaeology engages the public and the hiring of individuals with archaeological education by government agencies, not only increases their ability to assess heritage sites, but allows them to better represent their constituents. This better representation, leads to better designed, more meaningful undertakings.

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A State Agency’s Perspective. Timothy Dodson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450385)

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Abstract Id(s): 23112