This article examines the difficulties faced by one state agency (NYSDOT) when the primary focus of a cultural resource survey program shifts from managing rare and clearly significant archaeological sites to a cultural resource survey program that addresses the more commonly found historical archaeological sites associated with mid to late 19th-century farmsteads and rural domestic sites. It encourages a critical review of cultural resource survey results in order to develop meaningful and effective selection criteria for deciding how limited public funds should be allocated for cultural resource surveys.
McCann, Karen D. and Ewing, Robert L.
"Recovering Information Worth Knowing: Developing More Discriminating Approaches for Selecting Nineteenth-Century Rural Domestic Sites and Farmsteads,"
Northeast Historical Archaeology:
31, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/neha/vol31/iss1/3