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SHA 2016 Washington, D.C. January 6-9, 2016
Call for Papers Opens: May 1, 2015
Final Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015

A Call to Action: The Past and Future of Historical Archaeology

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The year 2016 marks two significant anniversaries that are instrumental in the growth and development of Historical Archaeology: the creation of the National Park Service (NPS) 100 years ago and passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 50 years ago. The NPS has long been a leader in United States heritage management, and the NHPA laid the groundwork for the development of the CulturalResource Management industry and set the standards for federal recognition of archaeological properties. In order to commemorate these anniversaries, the 2016 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference is being held in our nation’s capital. The theme of the conference will focus on the preservation and interpretation of archaeological resources important to the larger historical narrative of all people. Our theme is a broad vision that encourages participants to consider the impact of the NPS and NHPA on the history of Historical Archaeology, reflect on all aspects of our collective archaeological heritage, explore how it has been examined, interpreted,and preserved, and to exemplify a call to action by envisioning the best practices that we hope to pursue in the future.

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