cultural resource management

What the NPS junior ranger program can teach CRMers

Tweet Who would have ever thought a 5-year-old would be enthusiastic about seeing a pile of rocks in the desert? No toys. No playground. Just an 800-year-old archaeological ruin…and a little sister. This last weekend, I took a National Parks and Monuments tour with my wife and kids through northern […]

What can cultural resource management professionals learn from the National Park Service's Junior Ranger Program?

How to become an expert on cultural resource management

Tweet I wonder how many hours I’ve spent being a cultural resource management archaeologist. It’s hard to calculate because, even though I’ve been doing CRM since 2004, I haven’t always been employed full-time as a CRMer. In fact, based on the longest stints I’ve had with CRM companies, I think […]

What does it take to become a CRM archaeology expert?

Financial independence is the key to ending the poverty mentality in archaeology

6 Steps for Ending the Poverty Mentality in Archaeology

Tweet How many times have you heard this? “I’d love to go to Hawaii for a vacation but that’s the kind of thing only rich people do.” “Archaeology is cool but I should have gone to law or med school instead of grad school for anthropology.” “Rich people are scum. […]

Remedying the Plight of the Archaeological Technician

Tweet I’ve been keeping a keen eye on the Facebook Group “North American Archaeological Tech Forum”. Conversations on there are lively and cover a lot of relevant topics that matter to cultural resource management archaeologists across the country. One particular conversation regarding professionalism has sent some shockwaves through the group, […]


What do cultural resource management archaeologists have in common with homeless people?

9 things cultural resource management archaeologists and the homeless have in common

Tweet Lots. When we first met, my wife was appalled by my lifestyle as a weekend-warrior archaeological technician and graduate student. I worked Friday through Sunday as a tech for the state transportation department and Monday through Thursday as a TA for the University of Idaho. I used to carpool […]

Fighting the fight for Historic Preservation

Tweet “Next week, next month, or next year we may have an opportunity to enlighten those groups [business interests and elected officials] on the cultural, social, and aesthetic importance of preservation. But if we want that historic building saved today, we had better be prepared with economic arguments.” Donovan D. […]

The fight for historic preservation creates livable cities

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The Power of Gratitude

Tweet A few weeks ago, I received one of the best gifts I’ve been given all year. It was a simple baseball hat that was sent to me from the kind folks at Forestry Suppliers. In case you didn’t know, Forestry Suppliers has a sweet archaeology field tools catalog (BTW: […]

#SAA2014 Debrief, Part II: Jobs information, the future of the cultural resource management archaeology industry, and other lessons learned

Tweet I’m still flying back from #SAA2014. Still sitting in first-class. Still hearing Lourde’s “Royals” playing in my head. Free Heineken? Why yes. I’ll have two. As I mentioned in my earlier post, Part I, I heard some gloomy information about the extreme competition in the cultural resource management archaeology […]

Hear about what I learned at #SAA2014

#SAA2014 Debrief, Part I: Curating and Disseminating Archaeology 2

Tweet “I don’t always go to the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meetings, but when I do, I prefer them to be in a cool place with a ton of rad dive bars.” The world’s most moderately interesting archaeologist (Me). I’m currently on the flight back from #SAA2014 and […]