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Jennifer R Richman
ARCHY 469
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Archaeology

Consideration in detail of specific archaeological topics, either methodological or substantive in content, of current interest. Offered occasionally by resident, new, or visiting faculty. For advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Prerequisite: ARCHY 205.

Class description

This seminar addresses preservation and cultural resources law in a variety of contexts with an emphasis on emerging issues under domestic laws and on issues of concern for museum administrators and curators. The class will also examine the legal framework for the protection of cultural property internationally, covering classic controversies as well as more recent events. The seminar provides an overview of topics such as: intellectual property, freedom of expression, moral rights, museum legal structure and fiduciary obligations, federal preservation statutes (including the National Historic Preservation Act, Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), underwater cultural resources, cultural heritage during times of war, and illicit trade in antiquities.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Primarily seminar discussion, with occasional guest lectures.

Recommended preparation

Graduate students or advanced undergraduates with substantial experience working with cultural resources protection.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assignments will be the focus of course discussion. Periodic short writing assignments or group assignments possible.

Grades will be based on the following:

15% attendance and participation 25% midterm 50% paper 10% class 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.
Last Update by Jennifer R Richman
Date: 03/11/2009