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Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management

Visions for the Future

Edited by Lynne Sebastian and William D. Lipe

By most estimates, as much as 90 percent of the archaeology done in the United States today is carried out in the field of cultural resource management (CRM). The effects of this work on the archaeological record, the archaeological profession, and the heritage of the American people would be difficult to overemphasize. CRM archaeology affects a wide range of federally funded or authorized developments. It influences how archaeologists educate their students, work with indigenous people, and curate field records and artifacts. It has yielded an enormous wealth of data on which most recent advances in the understanding of North American archaeology depend. This is “public” archaeology in the clearest sense of the word: it is done because of federal law and policy, and it is funded directly or indirectly by the public. The contributors hope that this book will serve as an impetus in American archaeology for dialogue and debate on how to make CRM projects and programs yield both better archaeology and better public policy.

This School for Advanced Research advanced seminar book is the product of a Douglas W. Schwartz Advanced Seminar in Anthropological Archaeology.

2010. 368 pp., 11 figures, 4 tables, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: Pat Barker, Sarah T. Bridges, Susan M. Chandler, David Colin Crass, Hester A. Davis, T. J. Ferguson, Julia A. King, William D. Lipe, Douglas P. Mackey Jr., Lynne Sebastian

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“Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management is a very important work that looks at the issues facing CRM Archaeology and does something that is rarely seen—offers solutions. I am confident that this book…will [prove] to be very influential in shaping the future of CRM Archaeology.”
—J. W. Joseph, New South Associates

“Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management invites readers to consider what it means to be a modern professional archaeologist in the United States….Each chapter provides a positive vision for the future that is grounded in the present, making solutions a matter not of legislation but, rather, of ethical practices implemented in the work place….Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management challenges applied and academic archaeologists to deserve the trust and support of the public through high-quality research, visionary policies, and innovative outreach.”
—Sarah Herr, Desert Archaeology, Inc.


  1. The Future of CRM Archaeology
    Lynne Sebastian
  2. Archaeologists Looked to the Future in the Past
    Hester A. Davis
  3. Archaeological Values and Resource Management
    William D. Lipe
  4. The Process Made Me Do It: Or, Would a Reasonably Intelligent Person Agree that CRM Is Reasonably Intelligent?
    Pat Barker
  5. Deciding What Matters: Archaeology, Eligibility, and Significance
    Lynne Sebastian
  6. Innovative Approaches to Mitigation
    Susan M. Chandler
  7. The Challenges of Dissemination: Accessing Archaeological Data and Interpretations
    Julia A. King
  8. Improving the Quality of Archaeology in the United States through Consultation and Collaboration with Native Americans and Descendant Communities
    T. J. Ferguson
  9. Is the Same Old Thing Enough for Twenty-first Century CRM? Keeping CRM Archaeology Relevant in a New Millennium
    Douglas P. Mackey, Jr.
  10. Archaeology and Ethics: Is There a Shared Vision for the Future?
    Sarah T. Bridges
  11. The Crisis in Communication: Still with Us?
    David Colin Crass
  12. Perspectives from the Advanced Seminar
    William D. Lipe and Lynne Sebastian

There are no working papers for this book at the present time.