Message #28: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'z Matthias Giessler'" Subject: FW: Renewing Our National Archaeological Program Conference Date: Tue Jan 9 23:17:34 1996 Encoding: 22 TEXT ================= Begin forwarded message ================= From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Edward Friedman) To: email@example.com Subject: Renewing Our National Archaeological Program conference Date: Tue, 09 Jan The SAA, SOPA, and NPS are sponsoring a working conferece to which I have been invited to attend. It will be held in Tempe, AZ , February 10 - 13. I have attached the Issues and Goals statement developed by the sponsors. If you would like to provide me comments and recommendations I will do what I can to present them to the participants. Thanks for your input, Ed Issues for Discussion We may consider possible changes and improvements in at least two general categories of issues, as follows: 1. How can federally-mandated archaeology, especially that done under Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, be strengthened and improved? o How can inventories of archaeological sites on public lands be carried out more effectively, and how can information about these sites be shared more efficiently? o How can archaeological survey, testing, and excavation projects undertaken under federal mandate be made more cost_efficient and effective? o Should current concepts of significance and the preservation approach to archaeological resource management be revised? o How can federal and state agencies responsible for protecting, preserving, and interpreting archaeological resources develop more effective programs to discharge these responsibilities? o How can the intellectual and methodological contributions of federally mandated archaeology be disseminated to the archaeological community in a more direct and timely way? o How can the general public more directly benefit from federally-mandated archaeology? o How can the heritage concerns of Native Americans and other ethnic groups within the larger society be better addressed in public archaeology programs? 2. How can the each sector of American archaeology make a more productive contribution to our national archaeological program? o What are our national needs in training, internships, etc. for students who will be employed in consulting or management archaeology? o How can ethics and standards of performance be improved in the conduct of archaeological consulting, academic research, and resource management? o How can academic researchers and institutions participate effectively in federally-mandated archaeology? o How can the substantive and methodological results from public archaeology be more effectively incorporated into theses, dissertations, publications, and professional meetings? o What will be the effects of academic shifts in theory and epistemology on the conduct and contributions of publicly-mandated archaeology? Goals of the Conference 1. A set of general, practical, recommendations on some or all of the above issues, to help focus further discussion and to influence change. The focus at the meeting will be on developing general principles and recommendations. These will be disseminated to the archaeological community, and to key individuals and organizations in federal and state agencies, and in the broader historic preservation community. The purpose of these recommendations will be to stimulate further discussion and debate, and to serve as a basis for concrete actions. 2. Development of follow-up plans. It will not be possible for the Tempe Conference to make detailed recommendations or action plans for the issues considered at the conference. The Conference can, however, establish an outline of what needs to be done in order for its recommendations to be implemented (e.g., appropriate revision of federal regulations and guidelines), and can consider ways in which implementation of these recommendations can be promoted by concerned professional societies, federal and state agencies, etc.