ARCH 230 - Introduction to Archaeological Heritage Management

Heritage Management is an introduction to the professional process of archaeological fieldwork in British Columbia. Students will review regulation and legislation as well as field methods and standards of practice. Students will become familiar with the tools of the trade and the process by which archaeological projects are planned, carried out, and cleared by regulators.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 35; Field Experience Hours: 10)


Total Weeks: 15



ARCH 200, or instructor permission


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
History of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in Canada/BC
- Definition and scope of CRM
- Relevance of CRM
Regulations and Legislation
- Federal regulation and legislation, Heritage Resource Act
- Provincial regulation and legislation, B.C., Archaeology Branch
- Local regulation, Northern Energy Board (NEB) and Oil and Gas Commission (OGC)
- Management of archaeological resources in the Peace Region
Project/CRM requirements
- Cultural/Geographical Regions
- Supervisor/Director roles
- Experience (fieldwork/report writing)
- Project Breakdown (Prefield assessment/permitting, fieldwork, analysis and reporting)
Prefield Assessment / Desktop Study
- Archaeological potential: what is it and how do we assess it
- Previous work done in the area: how to find this information, how it affects potential
- Previous Archaeological sites in the area: how to find this information, how it affects potential
- Review of maps (satellite, construction, lydar, etc.)
- Project proposals: arguing for/against potential
Field Assessment/ Data Collection/ Recording
- Private versus Crown land
- Assessment: Ground reconnaissance
- Testing: Standard of practice
- Site identification and mitigation: defining a site and its boundaries
- Excavation: Standard methods
- Construction monitoring/surveillance
- Historics
- Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs)
- Types of artifacts are prevalent in the Peace Region
- Types of analyses
- Fort St. John Museum: Peace Region depository
Reporting/ Clearance
- Report content
- Site Inventory Form (SIF)
- Filling out a report


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define Cultural Resource Management and its importance
- Present overview of regulation and legislation regarding Heritage Management in BC
- Outline of project components and requirements
- Evaluate archaeological potential though map review
- Evaluate archaeological potential by ground reconnaissance
- Describe testing and site mitigation strategies
- Complete required reporting in relation to archaeological projects



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 70


Percentage of Group Work: 30


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.