Setting the Agenda for American Archaeology: The National Research Council Archaeological Conferences of 1929, 1932 and 1935

Author:   Michael J. O'Brien ,  R. Lee Lyman ,  Michael J. O'Brian
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
Edition:   2nd ed.
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9780817310844


Pages:   424
Publication Date:   31 July 2001
Format:   Paperback
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Setting the Agenda for American Archaeology: The National Research Council Archaeological Conferences of 1929, 1932 and 1935


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In the 1920s and 1930s, the fascination that Americans had for the continent's prehistoric past was leading to a widespread and general destruction of archaeological evidence. In a drive toward the commercialization of antiquities, amateur collectors and pot hunters pillaged premier and lesser-known sites before the archaeological record could be properly investigated and documented. Adding to the problem was a dearth of professionals and scholars in the field to conduct professional investigations and to educate the public about the need for preservation and scientific research methods. In stepped the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, the Committee on State Archaeological Surveys. The CSAS initiated an enormously successful outreach program to enlist the aid of everyday citizens in preserving the fragile but valuable prehistoric past. Meetings held in St. Louis, Birmingham, and Indianapolis provided nuts-and-bolts demonstrations by trained archaeologists and laid out research agendas that both professionals and amateurs could follow. Setting the Agenda contains the complete reports of the three NRC conferences, a short publication on the methods and techniques for conducting archaeological surveys, and a guide for amateur archaeologists. An extensive introduction by the editors sets these documents in context and provides insight into the intentions of the NRC committee members as they guided the development of American archaeology.

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Author:   Michael J. O'Brien ,  R. Lee Lyman ,  Michael J. O'Brian
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
Imprint:   The University of Alabama Press
Edition:   2nd ed.
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 3.20cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.826kg
ISBN:  

9780817310844


ISBN 10:   0817310843
Pages:   424
Publication Date:   31 July 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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These documents have long been out of print and they mark a period of 'renewal' for eastern archaeology in the crucial post-World War I years. - Stephen Williams Harvard University


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Michael J. O'Brien is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri at Columbia and coeditor of Changing Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Central Mississippi Valley. R. Lee Lyman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri at Columbia and coeditor of Measuring the Flow of Time, also published by The University of Alabama Press.

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