A Checklist for Sustainable Management of Archaeological Collections

A Checklist for Sustainable Management of Archaeological Collections
Source: S. Terry Childs and Danielle M. Benden. Advances in Archaeological Practice 5(1), 2017, pp. 12–25. (Society for American Archaeology)
 
The discipline of archaeology has been tolerating, at best, a “curation crisis” for decades that is unsustainable. The many issues related to long-term collections care continue to worsen. To counter this trend, we advocate that planning for collections be integrated into project administration from inception such that the management of archaeological collections begins before fieldwork and continues well after recovered collections reach the repository. To conceptualize this process, we identify the Collection Management Cycle as a framework for the many stakeholders involved in archaeological projects. We also provide a checklist that identifies the responsibilities stakeholders have to the collections they generate, fund, care for, manage, and/or study. Concerted use of the checklist and other proposed solutions will lead to a new era of a more sustainable archaeological practice.

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