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Peter V Lape
ARCHY 465
Seattle Campus

Public Archaeology

Examines archaeology as practiced, regulated, represented, and paid for in the world outside of academia. Reviews the development of cultural resource management laws in the context of other social changes, investigates archaeology job opportunities outside of academia, and discusses how the public learns about and funds archaeology. Prerequisite: ARCHY 205.

Class description

This course is an examination of archaeology as practiced, regulated, represented and paid for in the world outside of academia. We will review the development of cultural resource management (CRM) laws in the context of other social changes in the US and internationally, investigate archaeology job opportunities outside of academia, as well as look at how the public (or publics) knows about, supports or opposes, and pays for archaeology.

Student learning goals

An understanding of the various conflicts and ethical issues inherent in archaeology

Familiarity with the basic skills required for employment in the Cultural Resource Management field

Writing and speaking skills necessary for effective communication with various publics

General method of instruction

seminar format with emphasis on discussion, guest speakers

Recommended preparation

Previous archaeology course recommended but not required

Class assignments and grading

Read and be prepared to discuss and write about assigned material for each class meeting

Write a position paper based on your assigned role in the case study

Pass a quiz on cultural resource laws

Write a public archaeology project grant proposal and present a summary of it to a review panel made up of your peers

25% class participation

20% law quiz

25% position paper

30% public archaeology project proposal (including panel presentation)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Peter V Lape
Date: 11/22/2011