I. Randolph Daniel, Jr., Professor & Chair, Department of Anthropology, East Carolina University
The archaeological record represents the material remains of the history of the human species. It is irreplaceable. Acknowledging that fact, professional archaeologists have adopted “stewardship” as the core principle of archaeological ethics. Following that core principle, professional archaeologists are both caretakers of and advocates for the archaeological record. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel will define archaeological stewardship, discuss why it is important, and encourage its continued development in North Carolina. Regarding this last point, good stewardship involves the cooperation of professional archaeologists and the general public — particularly including descendant communities and the artifact-collecting community alike.
About our presenter
This lecture is presented in partnership with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (OSA). The OSA serves all North Carolinians by recording and preserving information on more than 55,000 archaeological sites. These sites represent all cultural groups and time periods of the state’s 14,000 years of human history.
This program is appropriate for ages 12 and older.