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Resolving the Crisis in Archaeological Collections Curation
William H. Marquardt, Anta Montet-White and Sandra C. Scholtz
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 409-418
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279912
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Professional archaeologists in America seem to have reached a consensus that systematic archaeological collections are vital to current and future comparative research. Current repositories are inadequately designed and insufficiently funded. Minimally, a repository must be housed in a safe, sturdy, secure building equipped to handle curation and conservation as well as special storage functions. It must include areas for collections study and have an effective information storage/retrieval system. It must have a qualified professional staff. While initial processing of materials may be accounted for in research budgets, long-term (in perpetuity) curatorial maintenance charges may be best defrayed by interest income from funds invested by the repository.
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