ANT 324L • Cultural Resource Management
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Cultural Resource Management (CRM, an applied field of archaeology), deals with the investigation, conservation and management of archeological resources as mandated by federal and state laws and regulations. Currently, CRM provides most of the funding for archaeological work and employs the vast majority of archaeologists in the United States. Most students who intend to pursue a career in archaeology will, at some time, deal with one aspect or another of CRM. The purpose of this course is to convey a realistic understanding of CRM archaeology in all its guises, and to provide practical experience in the workings of the field. Topics covered in the course will include: 1) the development of CRM as a field, 2) the legal and regulatory framework of CRM, 3) the many players and their interests, 4) CRM as a business, including bidding, budgeting, field and lab methods and report preparation, 5) problems and ethical dilemmas in CRM, and 6) the practicalities of getting a job in CRM.