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Preserving our Heritage

Throughout the world, increasing populations and development are leading to the destruction of many archaeological sites. Archaeologists have taken the lead to protect these sites, by supporting the creation of protection laws and conducting archaeological research in advance of site destruction.
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  2. Development Issues
  3. Global Legislation (11)
  4. Indigenous Rights
  5. Looting and Smuggling (10)
  6. Public Archaeology

Cultural Resource Management: A Definition
Cultural Resource Management is, essentially, a process by which the protection and management of the multitudinous but scarce elements of cultural heritage are given some consideration in a modern world with an expanding population and changing needs.

Archaeologists in Popular Culture
An interview with Cornelius Holtorf concerning his new research project on the effect of popular culture's image of the archaeologist on archaeology and the aims of cultural heritage management.

Community Archaeology Program
From State University of New York at Binghamton, programs for kids, teachers, and interested enthusiasts.

Council of State Historical Records Coordinators
The COSHRC supports the maintenance of state historical archives and records, including archaeological site records and documentation.

Just Another Archaeological Site: Taliban vs the Buddha
In March 2001, six months before the September 11th bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Taliban destroyed two ancient statues of the Buddha in an attempt to cleanse the country of Afghanistan of what they perceived as Hindu heresy.

Just Another Old Story
When the Taliban tore down Buddhist statuary in Afghanistan, they were simply following the old human tradition, doing their best to obliterate all traces of the conquered and now minority population.

New Orleans Lost and Found: A Tradition of Rebirth
What does it mean to miss New Orleans? Archaeologist and part-time resident of New Orleans Shannon Lee Dawdy documents the cycle of destruction and rebirth of the Crescent City, and proves that the real New Orleans isn’t missing at all, and that with a mixture of hope, conviction, and a hell of a lot of help, the city can and will be reborn.

Passport in Time
The Passport in Time project is a public archaeology program run by the United States Forest Service.

Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton
A research center at State University of New York at Binghamton, primarily for the training of CRM professionals.

Public Interpretation Initiative Program
From the National Park Service, Southeast Archeological Center, a proposed public archaeology program, and some education links as well.

Rescue Archaeology
Rescue Archaeology, also known as Cultural Resource Management or CRM archaeology, is generally state or federally funded archaeological research, completed because a particular parcel of privately owned property is to be purchased by the state for use in a road, bridge, or other public works project.

Restoration at Kiva F
During the Summer of 2004, architectural conservator Marc LeFrancois oversaw the restoration of the building known as Kiva F at Gran Quivira, the ancient ruins of a pueblo city in central New Mexico.

Save the Past for the Future
The archaeological movement in the Americas to engage the public in information about scientific research in order to support the preservation of archaeological sites got a huge boost in 1988, when a conference supported by the Society for American Archaeology entitled Save the Past for the Future was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Site Stabilization at Gran Quivira
Conservators of archaeological sites open to the public must maintain a balance between the physical integrity of the ruined buildings, keeping them robust enough to withstand traffic and weather, maintaining the authenticity of the structures so that visitors see a reasonable facsimile of the past, and minimizing absolute damage to the ruins....

Taos Conference
The Taos Conference is the name given to a 1988 committee meeting of the Society for American Archaeology where the Save the Future for the Past project was initiated.

The Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
continues to build its resources for educators.

The Iraq War and Archaeology
From the University of Vienna, the IW&A project is dedicated to the documentation and dissemination of information about the impact of the Iraq War on the damages to the country's cultural heritage, including a tally of missing artifacts.

The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust - a Book Review
Heather Pringle's book, the Master Plan, highlights one truly unspeakable evil of the Third Reich—-not the lunatics running the asylum, but the scholars and artists who supported and worked for its success. The book is extremely well-researched, with over 130 pages of notes, bibliographic references and index.

The Public Benefits of Archaeology
The Public Benefits of Archaeology, edited by Barbara Little, contains 23 papers on why archaeology is important to modern-day people, and how you as an archaeologist or as a member of the interested public can help to explain to others how useful learning about the past can be.

Uncommon Ground
There is an enormous gap in understanding between the public and cultural resource professionals. Cultural resource professionals are those archaeologists, historians, and architectural historians who are hired to examine and protect the cultural heritage of a particular country.

Who Owns the Past?
Archaeology is a hobby to a lot of people; however, excavation of archaeological sites is definitely NOT a hobby, any more than brain surgery is. Screw up a site, and the patient is dead, the information in it irretrievably lost.

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