Cultural Resource Management

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Course Title

Cultural Resource Management


Madonna L. Moss

Institution Where Taught

University of Oregon

Semester or Date Taught

Winter 2016

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ANTH 449/549

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Course Description

The term cultural resource “means data/money to the archaeologist, heritage to the Native American, obstacle/cost to the developer, and legislation to the bureaucrat,” according to David Kamper, writing in the May, 2010, issue of Anthropology News (p. 49). This course addresses all these meanings (and many more) within the context of what it takes to actually do archaeology in today's world. As many as 80% of the people who find jobs in archaeology will work in cultural resource management (Newmann & Sanford 2001), and many archaeologists will work exclusively in CRM for sustained periods of their careers. In the United States, 85% of the money spent on archaeology funds CRM archaeology (Schuldenrein 1998:33). The over-arching goal of CRM is to design and carry out scientific studies under applicable preservation and environmental laws, to conserve cultural resources through avoidance of destruction, and to recover and preserve information through data recovery when destruction is unavoidable. This course will introduce students to the objectives of CRM work and the methods of designing research in the CRM context that will make contributions to our knowledge of the past. We address the myriad considerations modern archaeologists confront in our efforts to carry out archaeological research within a complex legal and ethical framework. We trace how the legal framework for archaeological work in the United States has developed, and how contemporary archaeological research is conducted in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. In this seminar, you will gain a working knowledge of the legal basis for doing public archaeology, and will learn how to use existing regulations and guidance to design and carry out research. [Selection from course description. Please see syllabus for complete course description.]

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Additional tags: cultural resource management; stakeholder communities; NAGPRA; historic preservation; National Register of Historic Places


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