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MAPA Co-Director Featured on the Go Dig a Hole Podcast

The Co-Director of the MAPA program, Dr. Matt Sanger, was recently interviewed about the relationships between archaeologists and the public on the popular podcast Go Dig a Hole with archaeologist Chris Sims. Below is Matt’s summary of his experience on the podcast. Check out the episode here! Below Dr. Sanger summarizes what he and Chris talked about during this episode. I recently had an opportunity to chat with Chris Sims about our MAPA program, the current state of public archaeology, and the threats we are under in our current anti-elite climate. We spent much of our conversation chatting about what MAPA has to offer for potential students preparing for the intellectual and practical requirements of jobs outside of academia (click here to apply to the MAPA program ). The strength of our program is its flexibility. As I explained on the podcast, MAPA students have worked with experts in paleoethnobotany, geophysics, and landscape theory here at Binghamton University already, and there is tremendous opportunity for students to customize their MAPA training program based on their topic of interest. (If you want to look at a few potential mentors, visit the archaeology faculty list online here) Chris and I also discussed how [Read More]

What is the role of academic training in bringing about change in the cultural resource management industry?

  This recent post on Succinct Research has made waves across the CRM world and, to a lesser degree, among academic archaeologists. It speaks to the current state of the cultural resource management industry and suggests we are at a tipping point. As the doldrums of the recession begin to fade and new projects are showing up, the post suggests that CRM needs to reinvent itself to be more dynamic, innovative, and diversified. At the core of the post is a suggestion that the CRM world needs to do more than run compliance projects if it is going to reach its full potential – it instead needs to promote its public value by contributing to local communities in an active manner. According to the post, there is a large public demand for authentic encounters with the past and a wealth of projects, partners, and opportunities left on the table by traditional CRM companies who doggedly focus on finding the next Phase I to keep their employees employed. Rather than curtailing our industry to compliance-driven research, CRM firms could branch out and provide new products and services to communities and other industries interested in benefiting from increased knowledge about the past. [Read More]