Archaeology and Historic Preservation

10-week course

Archaeological cultural resources are sometimes seen as a “special case” in historic preservation, somewhat removed from the conservation, restoration, and management of historic buildings, areas usually perceived as the main business of historic preservation. This course will introduce students to the discipline of archaeology within historic preservation, the framework in which the majority of archaeologists work today. It will show that archaeology is an important partner discipline in efforts to understand and protect the past. No previous knowledge of archaeology is assumed, and the course will commence with a basic introduction to archaeological theory, methods, and terminology. We will review the national, state, and local regulatory and legal environment specifically impacting archaeology. The class will use case studies, many of them regional, to explore the many different roles of archaeology in historic preservation. Students will learn why and how archaeological studies are undertaken as part of the nation’s historic preservation program and about the challenges and opportunities archaeology presents to public agencies, private developers, and to those involved in preserving the past.

Instructor: Ian Burrow (fall 2017)
Credits: 2 CEUs

 Ian Burrow has been an archaeological and cultural resource management professional since 1975. In 2015 he founded BurrowIntoHistory, LLC, a company whose mission is to improve the preservation, management, and public enjoyment of historic cultural resources in the United States and beyond. He was the 2015 recipient of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Richard J. Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Knowledge and Preservation of New Jersey History. He has investigated numerous archaeological sites, including the Old Barracks National Historic Landmark in Trenton, the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment in Somerset County, NJ, the Charles Carroll House in Annapolis, and Princeton Battlefield. He has also directed major investigations on 18th-century urban sites in Philadelphia, Trenton, and Jersey City. He has taught at Drew, Rutgers, Rider, and at the University of Delaware.