Message #85:

From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG

To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Subject: How to Convince Politicians to Save Archaeological Sites

Date: Sun, 16 Feb 1997 01:30:01 EST

[SASIG Ed. Note: Please send your comments directly to Ken!]

From:	Ken Lawrence  

Next week I will be going to Washington, D.C. to help lobby for more

wilderness designation in southern Utah.  The main reason that I am going

is to present an archaeologist's perspective on why cultural resources

should be preserved within some of the proposed wilderness areas.  In the

past we have argued that increased wilderness designation  will limit

access to archaeological sites, thus helping to protect important sites

for the future.   I feel that a different approach is needed, one that

will supplement and bolster the argument for protecting archaeological sites. 

It is for this reason that I am proposing the following question.  That

is, what are the  benefits to society  for protecting  archaeological

sites?  More specifically, since we are dealing with politicians, what

economic value(s) can be gained from the protection of  our prehistoric


Any input or suggestions are highly valued.  The time that we will have

to meet with each of our representatives is very brief and very valuable

so I am searching for a very efficient and memorable presentation. Thank

you for your time and attention, and I hope you can help us out.


Ken Lawrence (at