Antiquities Act A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation

ISBN-10: 0816525617
ISBN-13: 9780816525614
Edition: 2006
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Description: Enacted in 1906, the Antiquities Act is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in American history and has had a far-reaching influence on the preservation of our nations cultural and natural heritage. Thanks to the foresight  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 4/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Enacted in 1906, the Antiquities Act is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in American history and has had a far-reaching influence on the preservation of our nations cultural and natural heritage. Thanks to the foresight of thirteen presidents, parks as diverse as Acadia, Grand Canyon, and Olympic National Park, along with historic and archaeological sites such as Thomas Edisons Laboratory and the Gila Cliff Dwellings, have been preserved for posterity. A century after its passage, this book presents a definitive assessment of the Antiquities Act and its legacy, addressing the importance and breadth of the act--as well as the controversy it has engendered. Authored by professionals intimately involved with safeguarding the nations archaeological, historic, and natural heritage, it describes the applications of the act and assesses its place in our country's future. With a scope as far-reaching as the resources the act embraces, this book offers an unparalleled opportunity for today's stewards to reflect on the act's historic accomplishments, to remind fellow professionals and the general public of its continuing importance, and to look ahead to its continuing implementation in the twenty-first century.

Francis P. McManamon is Chief Archeologist, National Park Service, Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Department of the Interior; Manager, Archeology Program, National Park Service.Andrew Stout, Eastern Regional Director, The Archaeological Conservancy.Jodi A. Barnes, Department of Anthropology, American University.

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Importance of the Antiquities Act
The Origins and Architects of the Act
The Origins of the Antiquities Act
Edgar Lee Hewett and the Politics of Archaeology
John F. Lacey: Conservation's Public Servant
Landmark Decision: The Antiquities Act, Big-Stick Conservation, and the Modern State
Presidential Audacity and Its Discontents: The Act's Legacy of Controversy
Showdown at Jackson Hole: A Monumental Backlash against the Antiquities Act
President Carter's Coup: An Insider's View of the 1978 Alaska Monument Designations
The Antiquities Act and the Exercise of Presidential Power: The Clinton Monuments
Antiquities Act Monuments: The Elgin Marbles of Our Public Lands?
More than Monuments: The Act's Impact on Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation
The Foundation for American Public Archaeology: Section 3 of the Antiquities Act of 1906
The Antiquities Act and Historic Preservation
The Antiquities Act at One Hundred Years: A Native American Perspective
The Antiquities Act and Nature Conservation
New Horizons for the Act
The Antiquities Act Meets the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
Co-Managed Monuments: A Field Report on the First Years of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Application of the Antiquities Act to the Oceans: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
The Act's First Century: An Assessment
The Antiquities Act: A Cornerstone of Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Conservation
Essential Facts and Figures on the National Monuments
Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index

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