We are pleased to announce that news of the MAPA program has gone national! Dr. Randall McGuire, one of MAPA’s co-directors, was recently interviewed by Chris Webster on the Archaeology Podcast Network (APN). APN is a mainstay of many in the archaeological community and has a broad audience spanning the United States. The APN has several different programs, all run by archaeologists, touching on a wide array of subjects including shows like “Anarchaeologist”, “Archaeology and Ale”, “Profiles in CRM”, “Prehistories with Kim”, “ArchyFantasies”, “CRM in the 21st Century”, and one of my favorites, “The Struggling Archaeologist”.
Dr. McGuire went on Chris’s show, “CRM Archaeology” to talk about MAPA, and what it has to offer archaeological field technicians working within Cultural Resource Management firms.
With MAPA just getting off the ground this year, Chris had a few questions about practicality and the kinds of hands-on skills people can hope to get at Binghamton. To address these questions, Dr. McGuire first talked about the long history Binghamton has in training graduate-level archaeologists for positions in CRM and other public realms, and how these prior successes speak to the effectiveness of the original archaeology program . But McGuire also made it clear that the new MAPA Program is designed to go beyond what has traditionally been offered at Binghamton. Dr. McGuire highlighted the practical nature of the program by detailing MAPA courses offered in heritage law, proposal writing, and cultural resource management McGuire also stressed that Binghamton is a great place for experienced field techs to come into when he said “One thing we’d really like to do, is recruit people who have CRM experience and are now ready to move into a more management position.” He expressed how one of the key things about MAPA is that it gives students the practical knowledge, tools, and experience needed to move up in their profession and take on upper-level positions. So field technicians with a few years under their belt that are wondering about how to make that leap to crew chief, field director, or other leadership positions may find MAPA to be a useful investment as it will allow greater professional mobility and growth.
Dr. McGuire also talked about some of the new faculty members in the department that have brought a diverse set of skills with them, including Dr. Carl Lipo and Dr. Matthew Sanger (you’ll have to come back to read more about them in future blog posts!). Both Lipo and Sanger draw from their own expertise in CRM and provide mentorship for students interested in GIS, remote sensing, aerial photography and mapping using drones, and host of other skills.
At the end of the show, it seemed like Dr. McGuire had convinced the Chris that MAPA was a “pretty solid program”. To listen to the podcast; Dr. McGuire’s Interview at APN and check out more awesome episodes at the Archaeology Podcast Network.
A big thanks to Chris and the rest of the Archaeology Podcast Network for having Dr. McGuire on!