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Title: Development of the Alaska Heritage Stewardship Program for Protection of Cultural Resources at Increased Risk Due to EVOS

Project Year and Number: 1992: R104-A

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 1999: 99149, 1998: 98149, 1997: 97149, 1996: 96149

Principal Investigator (PI): Debra Corbett, DOI

Assisting Personnel: Douglas Reger

Research Location: KEN/KAP

Restoration Category: Damage Assessment

Injured Resources Addressed: Archaeological Resources

Abstract: The purpose of this project is to create an archaeological site stewardship program. The Exxon Valdez oil spill and associated cleanup have resulted in an increased public knowledge of archaeological resources in the oil spill area. The greater visibility of site locations brought on by oil spill activities has resulted in higher rates of looting and vandalism of these resources (Archaeology Resources Damage Assessment Study Number 1). Local site stewardship will be a powerful tool in deterring such a trend.

Site stewardship is the recruitment, training, coordination, and maintenance of a corps of local interested citizens to watch over threatened archaeological sites located within their home districts. Local citizens groups and Native Corporations will be brought into the project as cooperators to facilitate communications and operations. Successful models for such programs already exist.

This project is technically feasible. The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office has conducted a very successful site stewardship program for years. The Kodiak Area Native Association has already demonstrated its feasibility in coastal Alaska.

Long term site observation by local residents is a desirable method of assisting in the protection of threatened archaeological resources. Change over time is a far stronger indicator of impact than can be obtained through one-time or even occasional observation. Lost information from injured sites is essentially irretrievable. This project will enable us to reduce the magnitude of the ongoing impacts and helps restore site integrity and protection.


Fields of Expertise Anthropology

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1992

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1992

Annual Report: 1992: Not Applicable

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
1999: 99149 Not Available 1999: Not Available
See Project 98149 See Project 98149
1998: 98149 Not Available 1998: Not Available
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1997: 97149 Not Available 1997: View (PDF)
See Project 98149 See Project 98149
1996: 96149 Not Available 1996: View (PDF)
See Project 98149 See Project 98149