CRM

CRM Archaeology: What are RPA’s, NRHP and SHPO?

In this blog post, I want to talk a bit about the professional qualifications that CRM archaeologists have to meet, and the state and national offices that oversee archaeological work. If you are interested in regulations regarding Native American sites please see: NAGPRA. This post will only deal with historic archaeology. On a nationwide level, the … Continue reading

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NAGPRA

NAGPRA or the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is an important piece of legislation passed in 1990. This act protects the rights of the indigenous people of America to Native American material culture including human remains, sacred or ceremonial objects, or other objects of cultural patrimony. Under this act, any institution that receives … Continue reading

CRM / Frequently Asked Questions

How to talk to an archaeologist in the wild

I have been doing a lot of CRM lately, often in well-traveled areas. It seems like almost daily someone stops to ask us: “What are you doing?” “Have you found anything cool?” “What are you hoping to find?” Sometimes followed by… “I didn’t know there were Native American sites here” When people have asked these … Continue reading

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CRM Archaeology: Phase I Testing (Part 1)

This post is part of a series on CRM archaeology. For more information about CRM please see CRM Archaeology: Cultural Resource Management. CRM archaeology is divided into three phases. The first phase combines research and field work to determine if the area under study has any sites within its borders. Additionally, site boundaries will be identified … Continue reading

CRM / Frequently Asked Questions

CRM Archaeology: Cultural Resource Management

When most people hear archaeology they think of grand excavations in Greece, Italy, Egypt and South America. But there is archaeology that occurs all over the U.S. and a large component of this is Cultural Resource Management or CRM archaeology. CRM archaeologists work to preserve cultural heritage by surveying land for areas of archaeological significance. … Continue reading