Tuesday, March 04, 2008

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Projects in Parks: Thirty Years of Historical Archeology in Skagway, Alaska by Becky M. Saleeby

Klondike Gold Rush NHP, in Skagway, is one of the most popular attractions in Alaska, offering tourists a chance to see restored Gold Rush era buildings and exhibits.  Even though archeological testing has regularly been associated with the preservation and restoration of historic buildings since 1978, the role of archeology in the development of the park is not widely known.  Among the major results of thirty years of historical archeology in Skagway is a ten-volume series of reports that document the town's colorful past.  They serve as an example of how historic preservation laws and regulations can be a driving force and, together with good historic archeology, can result in the enrichment of our knowledge about the Gold Rush era and its aftermath for the benefit of scholars and park visitors alike.

Archeology E-Gram, distributed via e-mail on a regular basis, includes announcements about news, new publications, training opportunities, national and regional meetings, and other important goings-on related to public archeology in the National Park Service and other public agencies. Recipients are encouraged to forward Archeology E-Grams to colleagues and relevant mailing lists.  The Archeology E-Gram is available on the News and Links page http://www.nps.gov/archeology/public/news.htm on the Archeology Program web site.

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