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MA Program in Public Archaeology
at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University department of Anthropology and the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) announce a newly approved track in Public Archaeology within the existing M.A. degree in Anthropology. Archaeologists at Binghamton University were early practitioners of public archaeology in the 1970s, and it has continued to be an emphasis of the department. Public archaeology includes work in Cultural Resource Management (CRM), archaeological education, museum archaeology, and a number of other arenas in which archaeologists and their publics interact. The proposed MA track will be a two-year program that prepares students for positions in the field of Public Archaeology, broadly defined.

Graduates can expect to find employment in the private and public sectors. Within the wider field of public archaeology, CRM represents the largest arena of employment for archaeologists in the United States. CRM archaeologists work for a diverse range of employers, including federal, state, tribal, and local agencies (in the public sector) and engineering firms, environmental consulting firms (domestic and international), architectural design companies, and energy companies (in the private sector), where CRM archaeologists help businesses comply with federal and state historic preservation laws. Many private sector businesses hire CRM firms, research facilities, and individuals to provide these services. In addition, students will also find employment in museums, heritage organizations, federal and state agencies, and in schools.

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Last Updated: 6/6/14