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
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From: efriedman-ibr8f6@ibr8gw80.usbr.gov (Edward Friedman)
To: fpforum@ca0279.caso.ca.blm.gov
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.