So Much Happening

So much happening, no time to post.  Lithic analysis, photo scanning, database building, site maintenance, artifact donations, collections photography, tracking down un-returned loans, writing papers…

Our apologies for not posting regularly but our intentions are to put out more and better information.  Probably our most useful and used information on this site is the bibliography page.  Maybe we’re doing people’s homework for them but with so many articles about this site, it seemed best to list all we can free for all to use.

It seems that much of the information in the Paleoindian field is held as proprietary and not widely shared.  I intend to make all of our work open and useful to the general community; academic and otherwise.  I hope that others will reciprocate by sharing information about our site that has been collected over the eighty year history of excavations.  So far, all requests made in the previous few years to our fellow institutions for the return of artifacts, inventories of collections taken from the site, and even requests for basic data gathered from Landmark have been refused outright.  It is clear that possession is taken as ownership even when it involves artifacts removed from a National Landmark.  The most common response is no response at all.

Any thoughts or advice from others in this position are appreciated.

GTC

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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4 Responses to So Much Happening

  1. SJD says:

    Perhaps this is a situation which could involve the political process. Uncooperative institutions receiving public funding may be vulnerable federal and state political pressure to do the “right thing”. Particularly given the National Landmark status of the site. imho mounting such an attack using Congressman senators and governors could prove effective.
    I am new here, and I hope I have not intruded.

    • paleotool says:

      Agreed. I am venting some frustration publicly here and hope to gather some ideas. The senator/congressman route has worked for some of my colleagues elsewhere with similar problems. The legal process and the reality of possession are two different things. I have actually dealt with two requests to the reverse of ours with outside institutions who excavated without permits or curation agreements and would like to expatriate the artifacts for their collections.

  2. SJD says:

    I think your frustration is justified, BWD has a huge historical significance, as well as a continuing archaeological significance. I’m wondering if it would be advantageous to have a citizens committee focused on the restoration of the site. A citizens group may offer increased access to the political process, and offer less strained relations between busy professionals. It seems that the economy and the culture of the surrounding communities would be enhanced. It is certainly a crown jewel for state of New Mexico and the nation. It seems many of these early sites have suffered serious abuse has protections in public opinion has matured.

  3. brn says:

    A real person at the doormat may help.

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