Message #188
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date:		Thu, 11 Jun 1998 18:57:43
Subject:	Federal Archaeology Program Report to
		Congress 1994-1995

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

SASIG Ed. Note -- Below you will find observations
on funding homeless, abandoned and armed
archaeology junkies who threaten more underground
testing. I have a copy of the report mentioned by
King Tomas the 106th, and the address is:

Federal Archaeology Program
Secretary of the Interior's Report to Congress
1994-1995 By Daniel Haas
US Department of the Interior National Park Service
Departmental Consulting Archeologist
Archeology and Ethnography Program
1849 C Street N.W., Room NC210
Washington, D.C.  20240

Cross-posted from Federal Preservation Forum

>Subject:	Fwd: Bullish for the National Register
>Date:		Wed, 10 Jun

(You) will want to get a copy of the NPS report to
Congress entitled "Federal Archeology Program:
Secretary of the Interior's Report to Congress" for
the years 1994-95, which has just been published
by the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. I
presume it's available from the DCA at National
Park Service, PO Box 37127, Washington DC 20013-7127,
though there's no indication of such on the
publication itself.

In the happy face tradition of "CRM" and like NPS
publications, most of the report is given over to
stories about Good Things that Federal agencies
are doing for archeology, some of which would warm
the cockles of any archeologist's heart. What I
found particularly interesting, though, was the bar
graph on page 15. This graphic shows that in 1994
agencies spent at least $60 million on "identifying
and evaluating sites." The same graph shows
expenditures of about $45 million and $40 million
on the same activity in 1993 and 1995 respectively.
The report provides no comment on this figure, other
than to note that it represents "a conservative

To put these figures in perspective: a quick
review of the Federal Budget reveals that the
amount spent on identification and evaluation in
1994 was about ten million dollars more than the
FY 1995 budget of the Arms Control and Disarmament
Agency, about five million dollars less than was
appropriated for health care for the homeless, over
four times the appropriation for assistance to
abandoned infants, and a bit less than twice the
amount appropriated for drug abuse grants.

Not content with this level of expenditure, the
DCA recommends on page 11 that "Agencies should
increase the number of sites evaluated for the
National Register of Historic Places."  

I guess there can't be too much of a good thing.

From: (Anne Vawser)
Subject: Re: Fwd: Bullish for the National Register
Date: Tue, 16 Jun
I looked at the appendix in the back of the report
Tom mentions to see just what us poor, abused tax
payers got for our $60 mil. in 1994. Over 3 million
acres of federal land were inventoried and over 50
thousand sites were discovered. That comes to about
$1,200 a site, which seems a little high, unless
you consider the recording, evaluating and reporting
part. However, it also means the invetory was done
for about $16 an acre. Now that seems pretty cheap
to me. I guess its all in how you look at it.

[ SASIG Ed. Note -- I expend $400,000 to $1,200,000
per year for "CRM products" and I find that the cost
per acre for surveys and site recording within
large blocks of land is approximately $12-$15 ]