Doing Archaeology: A Cultural Resource Management Perspective

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Overview

What is archaeology, and why should we do it? Tom King, arguably the best-known heritage management consultant in the United States, answers the basic question of every introductory student from the unique perspective of one who actively uses archaeology for cultural resource management. Designed as a supplement for introduction to archaeology classes, this brief and breezy book runs the reader through the major principles of archaeology, using examples from the author’s own field work and that of others. King shows how contemporary archaeology, as part of the larger cultural resource management endeavor, acts to help preserve and protect prehistoric and historic sites in the United States and elsewhere. Brief biographies of other CRM archaeologists help students envision career paths they might emulate. The bookends with an exploration of some of the thorny problems facing the contemporary archaeologist to help foster class discussion. An ideal ice-breaker for introductory college classes in archaeology, one that will get students engaged in the subject and thinking about its challenges.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598740028
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. King is one of the leading consultants in cultural resources management in the United States. He teaches dozens of workshops each year on this topic for SWCA Environmental Consultants and is author of many major books in the field including, Saving Places that Matter (2007), Cultural Resource Laws and Practice (2004) and Federal Planning and Historic Places (2000). Former staff member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, he has been in the heritage management business for four decades.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What's this all about? 11
Ch. 2 Why do archaeology? 22
Ch. 3 Principles and practice 38
Ch. 4 What's it like? : the practice of archaeological research 63
Ch. 5 Archaeology in cultural resource management 83
Ch. 6 Who does what? : archaeological roles in cultural resource management and beyond 97
Ch. 7 Key issues in cultural resource management archaeology 123
Ch. 8 Conclusion : a view from my backyard 140
App. A Archaeology related Web sites : a small and unsystematic sample 144
App. B Some cultural resources laws and international standards 146
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