Saving Time and Money with Archaeology

by Martin F. Dickinson, Water & Air Research Inc, Gainesville, FL, USA,
Lucy B. Wayne, Water & Air Research Inc, Gainesville, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


In the past 20 years, archaeology has become a necessary part of many engineering projects. However, this aspect of a project is often regarded as an obstacle in terms of costs and time. We believe that archaeology can be used to facilitate or enhance developments. This paper explains the basic steps involved in archaeology within the framework of environmental assessments. The options available upon completion of any step are presented. We show how early integration of archaeology into the planning framework leads to cost savings, avoidance of delays, and identification of potential problem areas early in the project. We also show how archaeological sites or studies can be developed into project assets in terms of marketing, corporate image, and development of cultural aspects which attract public interest. (Edited author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Archaeology | Project management | Environmental engineering | Construction management | Construction costs | Site investigation | Public opinion and participation

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