Introduction to Cultural Resource Management

Special Topics in Archaeology
Course Number: 
230
Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Section: 
002
Location: 
2251 College 101
Instructor: 
William White
Units: 
4
Time: 
Tu 11:00AM - 1:59PM
CCN: 
32035

You might have heard of cultural resource management (CRM) but did you know:

·  The CRM industry in the United States generates more than a billion dollars each year. This compares with academic archaeology, which operates with an estimated $17 million in grant funding.

·  There are between 10,000 and 7,000 CRM archaeologists in the United States.

·  At the local level, historic preservation in the United States by 59 SHPOs, 176 THPOs, and 1,971 certified local governments—each of which has its own unique regulations, requirements, and objectives.

·  The rise of heritage tourism and increased compliance with international heritage regulations is seen as the future of CRM as American and European CRM companies expand their practices abroad.

·  Despite these trends, there are very few CRM-specific college degrees offered in the United States and Canada.

Most archaeologists in the United States work in the cultural resource management (CRM) industry. ANTHRO 230 is an attempt to fill the yawning gap between college education and the CRM industry. An increasing number of universities and colleges are starting to offer CRM overview or introductory courses and there are even a few CRM graduate programs, but a large number of archaeology students continue to graduate without any understanding of the CRM industry. This class will introduce students of all levels to the CRM industry with the hope that it will help further the careers of the cultural resource management practitioners of tomorrow. 4 Graduate Units