Accession Number : ADA379206


Title :   An Archaeological Curation-Needs Assessment for the Legacy Resource Management Program


Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. no. 15


Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT ST LOUIS MO


Personal Author(s) : Holland-Wissehr, Kelly ; Shingleton, Kenneth L , Jr ; Goldstein, Jeremy L ; Bade, Mary J ; Yu, Sylvia


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a379206.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1999


Pagination or Media Count : 250


Abstract : Federal archaeological collections are a valuable and nonrenewable national cultural resource. Curation of these materials, however, has been largely substandard or ignored for more than 50 years. Many of these priceless collections of our nation's legacy were placed in the attics, basements, and storage closets of an indefinite number of storage facilities across the United States. Additionally, many objects were illegally transported to Europe, where they remain today. The result has been a steady deterioration of these priceless objects. The improper care, and the subsequent deterioration of many of these collections, not only violates the laws under which they were recovered, but also prevents educational and scientific use. Valuable portions of our irreplaceable national heritage have been lost, and the considerable financial investment by the American public in archaeological recovery has been compromised.


Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES , *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , *ARCHEOLOGY , *COLLECTION , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , EDUCATION , FACILITIES , HISTORY , RESOURCES , STORAGE , DETERIORATION , CULTURE


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE