Archaeology: Where did we do it and why did we do it?
It is land development that most often destroys archaeological sites before they can be carefully recorded or even found. Yet, ironically, archaeology studies today mostly take place because of land development.
Federally funded land development sites, like those on Ft. Benning, are required by law to be studied by archaeologists before development. Completely privately-funded projects, like ours, are not required to do archaeology. In these cases, it is up to private developers like Westville, to be good stewards of the past and fund archaeology before beginning work on things like sewer, water, and utility lines. As a history museum, we look to engage and connect diverse communities by challenging and transforming perceptions of the 19th century South and its lasing impacts. Our goals where the archaeology is concerned are to respect this culture by consulting with the Indian Nations and to preserve and protect the archaeology as a valuable cultural resource, helping scholars of the present and the future present an even deeper understanding of mankind.
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