Cultural Resources

Archaeological Collections Management Procedures - Report, 2010 (Legacy 06-319) pdf [3.21 MB]

This guidance document for archaeological collections management and curation for Department of Defense Service installations gives an overview of current collection management policies and procedures and presents best practices in each area of curation. The recommended policies and practices are designed to minimize costs while maximizing the research, education, and cultural heritage value of Federal collections in accordance with 36 CFR Part 79, Curation of Federally Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections. Kerry L. Sagebiel, Kelly L. Jenks, Teresita Majewski, and Lauren E. Jelinek.

Commander's Guide to Archaeological Curation - Workbook, 2005 (Legacy 00-107) pdf [188 KB]

This workbook is intended for use by installation personnel with limited personnel for archaeological collection care but who have responsibilities for the long-term care of these collections. This document is intended as an easy-to-understand "roadmap" on installation responsibilities under the law and procedures for curating archaeological collections. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis District.

Commander's Guide to Archaeological Curation - Presentation, 2005 (Legacy 00-107) pdf [2.16 MB]
Department of Defense and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Curation Options Project, Eastern States - Report, 2001 (Legacy 97-0376) pdf [5.07 MB]

Department of Defense archaeological collections generally have not been curated to the standards required by 36 CFR Part 79. This report, based on a study in the eastern United States, identified potential partners, evaluated their capabilities to manage DoD archaeological collections, and collected baseline administrative information associated with such a project. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis District, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections.

Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment for Army National Guard Collections in the Western United States - Report, 2000 (Legacy 99-1876) pdf [5.51 MB]

This document reports on a curation needs assessment conducted 1997-2000 for the Army National Guard and select Air National Guard, Air Force Plants, and Air and Army Reserve facilities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam. Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Kristen Langness Marino and Cathy A. Van Arsdale.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment of Military Installations in Select Western States, Volume I - Report, 2000 (Legacy 97-0076) pdf [6.07 MB]

This assessment reviewed all active military installations in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia (86 facilities, including research firms, public and private museums, military installations, university lab/curation facilities, and government agencies). The document presents recommendations for compliance with 36 CFR Part 79. Susan S. Felix, Amy E. Halpin, Eugene A. Marino, Steve McSween, D. Lynn Murdoch, Julie A. Samerdyke, Kenneth L. Shingleton, and Sylvia Yu.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment of Military Installations in Select Western States, Volume II - Report, 2000 (Legacy 97-0076) pdf [5.35 MB]
An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment of Military Installations in Selected Eastern States, Volume I - Report, 2000 (Legacy 97-0376) pdf [5.67 MB]

This assessment reviewed all active military installations in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The document presents recommendations for compliance with 36 CFR Part 79. Lara Anderson, Karolyn Kinsey, Marc Kodack, Eugene Marino, Jennifer Riordan, Barbara Smyer, and Kelly Wissehr.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment of Military Installations in Selected Eastern States, Volume II - Report, 2000 (Legacy 97-0376) pdf [19.00 MB]
Department of Defense and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Curation Options Project, Western and Mid-Atlantic States - Report, 1999 (Legacy 97-0076) pdf [2.27 MB]

Department of Defense archaeological collections generally have not been curated to the standards required by 36 CFR Part 79. This report, based on a study in the western and mid-Atlantic United States, identified potential partners, evaluated their capabilities to manage DoD archaeological collections, and collected baseline administrative information associated with such a project. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis District, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment [Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Virginia, and Maryland] - Report, 1999 (Legacy 94-0343) pdf [6.30 MB]

This document reports on a survey of archaeological collections and associated documentation generated from archaeological investigations conducted within the boundaries of 18 military installations located in Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Virginia, and Wyoming. The study found that most collections require at least partial rehabilitation to comply with 36 CFR Part 79, Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections. Kelly Holland-Wissehr, Kenneth L. Shingleton, Jr., Jeremy L. Goldstein, Mary J. Bade, and Sylvia Yu.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment for the U.S. Navy, Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command - Report, 1999 (Legacy 99-1819) pdf [15.64 MB]

This document reports an assessment of archaeological collections and associated documentation generated from archaeological investigations conducted within the boundaries of LANTDIV (North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and West Virginia). Most collections required at least partial rehabilitation to comply with federal regulations. Mary J. Bade and Kenneth L. Shingleton.

Guidelines for the Field Collection of Archaeological Materials and Standard Operating Procedures for Curating Department of Defense Archaeological Collections - Fact Sheet (Legacy 98-1719) pdf [249 KB]

This one-page summary describes the project, which identified and made recommendations for ways to implement DoD field collecting guidelines and standard curation operating procedures. The report makes 8 recommendations to facilitate the review process and obtain substantive comments and cooperation.

Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment: Volume II, Non-Military Repositories - Report, 1998 (Legacy 97-0076) pdf [43.14 MB]

This document summarizes the capabilities/capacity of non-military curation facilities serving active military installations In Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia. Susan S. Felix, Amy E. Halpin, Eugene A. Marino, Steve McSween, D. Lynn Murdoch, Julie A. Samerdyke, Kenneth L. Shingleton, and Sylvia Yu.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment for Fort Irwin, Naval Air Station, North Island, Edwards Air Force Base, and Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Part 1 of 2 - Report, 1997 (Legacy 92-0304) pdf [16.73 MB]

The U.S, Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis District inspected all archaeological materials and associated records in the care of NAS North Island, Edwards AFB, Fort Irwin, and MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, as well as the private and university repositories they use. The inspection found widespread deterioration and neglect of many of the Army, Air Force, and Navy's archaeological collections. Michael K. Trimble and Christopher B. Pulliam.

An Archaeological Curation Needs Assessment for Fort Irwin, Naval Air Station, North Island; Edwards Air Force Base; and Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Part 2 of 2 - Report, 1997 (Legacy 92-0304) pdf [17.19 MB]
On the Border: Analysis of Materials Recovered from the 1964 and 1991-1992 Excavations at the Garden Canyon Site - Fact Sheet, 1996 pdf [901 KB]

Despite three episodes of major excavation, no systematic analysis of the recovered artifacts from the Garden Canyon site had been conducted. This project identified, analyzed, and catalogued all of the lithic flakes and tools, ground stone, shell, ceramics, and faunal material collected in three field seasons.

Archaeological Curation-Needs Assessment for Fort Lewis, Washington and California Installations - Report, 1996 (Legacy 92-0304) pdf [10.66 MB]

This document reports on a curation needs assessment of 11 facilities in the western U.S. At least 50% of the collections were found to require complete rehabilitation to comply with 36 CFR Part 79.  Michael K. Trimble and Christopher B. Pulliam.

Archaeological Curation Needs Assessments for Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, California, and Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California, Part 1 of 2 - Report, 1993 pdf [16.35 MB]

This curation needs assessment study of five installations found that, of the collections stored at 20+ repositories, only three meet the minimum Federal standards as described in 36 CFR Part 79. Thomas B. Meyers and Michael K. Trimble.

Archaeological Curation Needs Assessments for Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, California, and Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California, Part 2 of 2 - Report, 1993 pdf [16.40 MB]
Commanders Guide: The Benefits of Cultural Resource Conservation, Fact Sheet (Legacy 92-0239) pdf [334 KB]

This fact sheet describes a provide commanders with comprehensive information on how the conservation of cultural resources contributes to educated planning, economic management of installations and bases, and the enhancement of the military’s mission while meeting DoD’s stewardship responsibilities.

Department of Defense Guidelines for the Curation of Archaeological Soil Samples - Report pdf [209 KB]

This document discusses the rationale for soil collection and curation, types of samples, and guidelines for collecting, processing, and sorting soil samples.