Guidelines for Public Archeology in Wisconsin
In 1980, the Wisconsin Archeological Survey wrote and distributed Guidelines for Conservation Archeology in Wisconsin. This document provided basic guidelines for archeologists conducting investigations under federal preservation laws. The State Historic Preservation Office has used this document to review archeological work undertaken in Wisconsin for the past 16 years.
Since 1980, there have been substantial changes in state and federal law as well as advances within the discipline of archeology itself. The WAS considers these combined changes significant enough to warrant rewriting the Guidelines.
The new Guidelines explain the processes of state and federal compliance archeology and detail the steps necessary to identify, evaluate, and mitigate archeological sites. In addition, this document also provides new guidelines for work on specific site types (burials, rock art, shipwrecks, and terrestrial historic sites) as well as for geoarcheological investigations.
The entire guidelines document is available as a PDF file and can be obtained by downloading this file:
Guidelines for Public Archeology in Wisconsin. (PDF 1.3 MB)
Table of Contents
List of Guidelines . . . . . iii
Phase I: Identification Surveys
Phase II: Evaluation According to National Introduction
Phase III: Data Recovery and Mitigation
I. Technical Report Guidelines
II. Curation Guidelines
III. Recording and Evaluating Historic Archeological Properties
IV. Excavation and Analysis of Human Remains
V. Geomorphological and Geoarcheological Investigations
VI. Underwater Archeological Investigations
VII. Recording Rock Art Sites
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Last Updated: October 20, 2008