Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Midwest Archaeological Center

"The Midwest Archaeological Center is dedicated to the study, interpretation and preservation of archaeological resources within the National Park System. The Center is also dedicated to providing professional support and consultation to other federal, state and local government agencies. We conduct research on sites ranging from 10,000 year old American Indian campsites to the garbage in Abraham Lincoln's backyard. Center staff provides expertise in geophysical, geoarchaeological, and fur trade research specializations, as well as a wide range of other study. The Midwest Archaeological Center is organized to provide the highest quality archaeological services in an effective, productive and timely manner." 

Some of their specialties include:
  • Archaeological Preservation
    • "a core function of the Midwest Archaeological Center (MWAC) is to help NPS managers protect and conserve archaeological resources in parks. This involves a variety of activities, such as field visits to assess archaeological site condition, collaborating with park staff to track threats and impacts to sites, helping parks minimize the impacts of needed activities on archaeological resources, and providing advice regarding the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). MWAC also facilitates activities of outside researchers by coordinating the permitting process mandated by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) for Midwest Region parks." 
  • Archaeological Research
    • "The Midwest Archaeological Center (MWAC) is dedicated to the study, interpretation, and preservation of archaeological resources within the National Park System, particularly within the Midwest Region of the National Park Service. Upon request, MWAC also works with parks in other regions of the National Park Service, as well as with units in other Federal agencies."
  • Collections
    • "The Midwest Archaeological Center curates archaeological collections for over 60 Midwest Region parks and Intermountain Region parks. These collections typically consist of artifacts and other material remains of past human occupation in present-day park areas that were recovered during the course of archaeological fieldwork, together with associated primary documentation in the form of field and laboratory records, photographs, maps, reports, and magnetic media. These collections include nearly 3 million artifacts and archival documents."
  • Multimedia
    • Packaging Artifacts
    • GPS in Archaeological
    • Artifact Labeling in the NPS
  • Publications
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