Investigating the Role of Archaeological Information and Practice in Landscape Conservation Design and Planning in North America

Timothy M. Murtha, Nathan R. Lawres, Tara J. Mazurczyk, Madeline Brown

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The purpose of this article is to discuss the challenges and opportunities for integrating archaeological information in landscape-scale conservation design while aligning archaeological practice with design and planning focused on cultural resources. Targeting this opportunity begins with statewide archaeological databases. Here, we compare the structure and content of Pennsylvania's and Florida's statewide archaeological databases, identifying opportunities for leveraging these data in landscape conservation design and planning. The research discussed here was part of a broader project, which was working through the lens of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in order to develop processes for integrating broadly conceived cultural resources with natural resources as part of multistate or regional landscape conservation design efforts. Landscape Conservation Cooperatives offer new ways to think about archaeological information in practice and potentially new ways for archaeology to contribute to design and planning. Statewide archaeological databases, in particular, offer transformative potential for integrating cultural resource priorities in landscape conservation design. Targeted coordination across state boundaries along with the development of accessible derivative databases are two priorities to advance their utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-394
Number of pages13
JournalAdvances in Archaeological Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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