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

  • Timothy M. Murtha (a1), Nathan R. Lawres (a2), Tara J. Mazurczyk (a3) and Madeline Brown (a4)


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.

El propósito de este documento es analizar los desafíos y las oportunidades para integrar la información arqueológica en el diseño de conservación a escala de paisaje, al mismo tiempo que se alinean las prácticas arqueológicas con el diseño y la planificación centrados en los recursos culturales. La orientación a esta oportunidad comienza con las bases de datos arqueológicas de todo el estado. Aquí, comparamos la estructura y el contenido de las bases de datos arqueológicos de todo el estado de Pensilvania y Florida que identifican oportunidades para aprovechar estos datos en el diseño y la planificación de la conservación del paisaje. La investigación discutida aquí fue parte de un proyecto más amplio, trabajando a través de las lentes de las Cooperativas de Conservación del Paisaje para desarrollar procesos para integrar recursos culturales concebidos de manera amplia con los recursos naturales como parte de los esfuerzos de diseño de conservación del paisaje en varios estados o regiones. Las cooperativas para la conservación del paisaje ofrecen nuevas formas de pensar acerca de la información arqueológica en la práctica y formas potencialmente nuevas para que la arqueología contribuya al diseño y la planificación. Las bases de datos arqueológicas de todo el estado en particular ofrecen un potencial transformador para integrar las prioridades de recursos culturales en el diseño de conservación del paisaje. La coordinación dirigida a través de las fronteras estatales junto con el desarrollo de bases de datos derivadas accesibles son dos prioridades para avanzar en su utilidad.


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