Cultural Resources News

Cultural Heritage in the Crosshairs: Protecting Cultural Property during Conflict (7/17/2013)

Cultural Heritage in the Crosshairs: Protecting Cultural Property during Conflict (Brill Publications, May 2013) provides case studies of Cultural Property Protection (CPP) and the military on a global scale. Dr. Joris D. Kila, University of Amsterdam, and Dr. James A. Zeidler, Colorado State University, co-edited this book which is Volume 2 in their co-edited Book series for Brill entitled Heritage and Identity: Issues in Cultural Property Protection. Click here to view more information and a list of chapters.

CEMML is pleased to announce that two U.S. military installations where it provides on-site cultural resources management support have won major DoD environmental awards for 2012 (2/8/2013)

The Cultural Resources Management team at Fort Bragg, NC, won its category in the Army’s fiscal year 2012 environmental awards, the Army Environmental Command announced Feb. 6. During the rating period, the Fort Bragg Cultural Resources Management Team completed two inventory surveys of the installation totaling 4,500 acres, reducing restrictions on training lands while maintaining installation compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. "This is the first time we've won this award and I am so delighted that our cultural resources team can be recognized in this way,” said Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, archaeologist and curator. “It is an honor and a standard we plan to uphold."  The award also recognized the two significant archaeological discoveries made by Department of Defense personnel -- the Wilmore cache of stone quarry blanks and an ancient Clovis point -- which enhanced the knowledge of the earliest people to inhabit the Fort Bragg region. The team was also awarded for expanding its partnerships with the Department of Defense Education Activity and Army Community Services by participating in events at Fort Bragg schools and by hosting the Youth Leadership Conference for a beautification project at Long Street Presbyterian Church. “The receipt of this award is overdue recognition of the staff’s long-held commitment to Fort Bragg’s sustainability goal of the right way, the green way, all the way” said Charles Heath, archeologist. CEMML would like to congratulate its three CRM employees at Fort Bragg—Dr. Joseph Herbert, Dr. Charles Heath, and Mr. Jonathan Schleier—for their contribution to this success and recognition.

The Cultural Resource Management Program of the 96th CEG at Eglin AFB, FL, has been awarded the 2012  General Thomas D. White Civil Engineer and Environmental award for Cultural Resources Management  (All Installations) by its USAF MAJCOM, the Air Materiel Command.  CEMML would like to congratulate its six CRM employees at Eglin AFB—Teresa Brown, George Cole, Sherrie Johnson, Joe Meyer, Sandy Nelson, and Catherine Nolan—for their contribution to this success and recognition.

Dr. Richard Edging Soon to Retire! (12/15/2010)

Dr. Richard Edging, archaeologist extraordinaire and CEMML’s Cultural Resources Program Coordinator at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, will retire later this month, effective 23-Dec-2010, after an 18-year career at the installation. He has been a Senior Research Associate at CEMML since 24 September 2001 and has now decided to move on to other pursuits in the coming years. For the Fort Leonard Wood Cultural Resources Management Program, it will be the “end of an era” to be sure, as Dr. Edging has been a guiding force in shaping the program to what it is today. Career highlights are many, but I cite only the following three here: (a) winning the 2005 Secretary of the Army’s Environmental Award for Best Cultural Resources Management Program, (b) hosting Native American consultation meetings and developing draft language for agreement documents with five Dhegiha-speaking tribes actively consulting with the installation, and (c) the recent publication of his book (see photo), Marginality and Continuity: The Archaeology of the Northern Ozarks, co-authored with his colleagues Steven R. Ahler and Paul P. Kreisa. This volume represents the culmination of his 18 years of archaeological research at Fort Leonard Wood and will be a tour de force in Midwest prehistory for many years to come. This is a remarkable record that Richard can be justly proud of as he enters into a new phase of his life!

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I have personally known Richard since Fall of 1978 when we overlapped in graduate school in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been a close friend and colleague ever since, even working with me ten years later in previous field projects in Ecuador (see photo). So it is with some sadness that CEMML accepts his resignation and retirement, but we know we can always depend on him for future advice and for his considerable knowledge and institutional memory of cultural resources management issues at Fort Leonard Wood and in the DoD in general. Please join me in conveying to Richard our best wishes for the future. He can be reached at richard.edging@us.army.mil (until 23-DEC-10).

Jim Zeidler
Associate Director, CEMML 

Cultural Heritage Training Websites for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt (6/29/10)

CEMML is pleased to announce the release of revised and updated versions of its CULTURAL HERITAGE TRAINING websites for IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN sponsored by the Department of Defense’s Legacy Resource Management Program. It has also added a new country-specific website for EGYPT in conjunction with the DOD’s Operation Bright Star joint training exercises in that country. For more information and for a direct link to the three websites, see the PRODUCTS list on the CULTURAL RESOURCES RELATED ITEMS page of this website.

Fort Drum wins Army Community of Excellence Award (5/10/10)

Dr. Laurie W. Rush, Cultural Resources Program Manager,  and the CEMML Cultural Resources and ITAM Teams at Fort Drum received the Army Community of Excellence Award for their efforts in training U.S. Army troops at Fort Drum in cultural heritage preservation. Click here to see the article. Related products include the pamphlet Protecting the Past to Secure the Future: Best Management Practices for Hardening Archeological Sites on DoD Lands (2007) by Heather Wagner (CEMML-CSU), Laurie Rush, and Ian Warden (CEMML-CSU), and the cultural heritage awareness playing cards for Iraq/Afghanistan designed and produced at CEMML by Dr. James A. Zeidler and graphic designer Tracy Wager in close collaboration with Dr. Rush.

CEMML Serves as Cooperating Partner for the International Conference “Archaeology in Conflict” (5/19/09)

CEMML is pleased to announce that it is a cooperating partner for the international conference "ARCHAEOLOGY IN CONFLICT" to be held 6-10 April 2010, in Vienna, Austria, EU.

The history of the past 25 years demonstrates that, despite international conventions and public awareness, cultural property is a target of increasing priority in the event of armed conflicts. This development is due to dramatic changes in warfare. Scholars - archaeologists as well as cultural heritage professionals - must consider their role and involvement in the protection of cultural property, facing the challenge of these dramatic changes in the modes of warfare and the incredible loss of cultural property. We have to respond to pressing ethical, epistemological, and even existential questions demanding a serious attention in a constructive, systematic manner.

This international conference addresses the multiple ways in which archaeological/cultural heritage and war have interfaced that raises a whole host of important and interesting legal, moral, and ethical questions:

Participants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels (with 4-5 papers), individual papers, or posters. We welcome proposals from people in a variety of disciplines from all over the world to participate in this ongoing and complex debate.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

The online Registration and hotel booking is now open. The call for organized symposia, papers, and posters is now online as well.

For detailed information, please visit the conference WEBSITE at: www.archaeologyinconflict.org

Fort Drum wins 2008 Department of Defense Environmental Award for Best Cultural Resources Management Team/Individual (4/28/09)

CEMML is pleased to announce that the Cultural Resources Program at Fort Drum, NY, has recently won the 2008 Department of Defense Environmental Award for Best Cultural Resources Management Team/Individual. The program is managed by Army civilian (and former CEMML Research Associate), Dr. Laurie Rush, with technical support and research involvement of the CEMML CR Program. This includes substantial in-house support on several Legacy projects, as well as employment of on-site CEMML professional staff. The entire team includes CEMML on-site employees Meg Schulz, Heather Wagner, Alissa Nauman, Jaime Ratner, Lawrence Schulz, Francis Scardera, and Ian Warden (ITAM Program), as well as CEMML Associate Director Dr. James A. Zeidler and CEMML graphic designer Tracy Wager on the Colorado State University campus. The award ceremony will take place in the Pentagon on 3 June 2009.

Read the article in Today@CSU.

Fort Drum wins 2008 Secretary of the Army’s Award for Best Cultural Resources Management Team/Individual (2/16/09)

CEMML is pleased to announce that the Cultural Resources Program at Fort Drum, NY, has recently won the 2008 Secretary of the Army’s Award for Best Cultural Resources Management Team/Individual. The program is managed by Army civilian (and former CEMML Research Associate), Dr. Laurie Rush, with technical support and research involvement of the CEMML CR Program. This includes substantial in-house support on several Legacy projects, as well as employment of on-site CEMML professional staff. The entire team includes CEMML on-site employees Meg Schulz, Heather Wagner, Alissa Nauman, Jaime Ratner, Lawrence Schulz, Francis Scardera, and Ian Warden (ITAM Program), as well as CEMML Associate Director Dr. James A. Zeidler and CEMML graphic designer Tracy Wager on the Colorado State University campus.

Fort Drum and CEMML CRM Programs Win Prestigious Historic Preservation Award (11/09/07)

Dr. Laurie Rush, Cultural Resources Program Manager at Fort Drum, NY, was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) for her project entitled “Development of Training Materials for In-Theatre Cultural Heritage Preservation“, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) Legacy Resource Management Program. The award was conferred by ACHP Chairman John L. Nau, III, in a ceremony celebrated in Washington DC, on Wednesday, 7 November 2007. Dr. James A. Zeidler, CEMML Associate Director for Cultural Resources, and Tracy Wager, CEMML graphic designer, were also recognized as co-recipients and partners in the award for providing technical support to Dr. Rush. The project is aimed at raising U.S soldier awareness of cultural heritage preservation issues in Iraq and Afghanistan through various training materials ranging from educational decks of playing cards, to a ready-reference Soldier Pocket Card on heritage preservation, to a cultural heritage preservation website on Iraq and Afghanistan that is now available to all DoD personnel. Dr. Rush also created mock Middle Eastern archaeological sites and Moslem cemeteries at Fort Drum as a means of developing realistic soldier training scenarios involving cultural heritage resources. The overall goal is to educate solders in avoiding inadvertent damage to sensitive archaeological and religious sites and in helping curb unauthorized looting and antiquities trafficking in the war zone.

The Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation recognizes Federal projects, programs, initiatives, and policy leaders or career staff that make significant contributions to historic preservation in the Federal Government. Formal recognition by ACHP’s Chairman celebrates Federal preservation successes and provides a means for the ACHP to honor and showcase Federal accomplishment and best practices.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award Ceremony, 7 November 2007, Old Post Office Building, Washington, DC. Standing from left to right: ACHP Chairman John L. Nau, III, Dr. Laurie Rush, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Fort Drum, NY, Mr. Philip Grone, DoD Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, Mr. James W. Corriveau, Public Works Director, Fort Drum, NY, Mr. Addison Davis, Assistant Secretary of the Army, and Dr. James A. Zeidler, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, CEMML, CSU.

Fort Drum Wins Award for Cultural Resources (5/11/2007)

CEMML is pleased to announce that the Cultural Resources Program at Fort Drum, NY, has recently won the 2007 Secretary of Defense Installation Management Award for Cultural Resources, having previously garnered the 2007 Secretary of the Army’s Environmental Award for “Best Cultural Resources Program, Installation.” The program is managed by former CEMML Research Associate, Dr. Laurie Rush, now an Army civilian, with technical support and research involvement of the CEMML CR Program. This includes substantial in-house support on several Legacy projects, as well as employment of on-site CEMML professional staff. The latter include CEMML Research Associates Meg Schulz, Heather Wagner, and Chad Rhinewald.

Competition for this prestigious DoD award also included the Eglin Air Force Base, FL, Cultural Resources Management Program, winners of the 2007 Thomas D. White Award for Best Cultural Resources Program awarded by the United States Air Force. The program is managed by Ms. Maria Rodriguez, a small staff of Air Force civilian personnel, and on-site technical support provided by four CEMML Research Associates: George Cole, Joe Meyer, Sandy Nelson, and Lynn Shreve.

Eglin AFB Cultural Resources Program wins 2006 Air Force Materiel Command Nomination for 2006 Air Force Cultural Resources Management Award!! (10/19/2006)

The Cultural Resources Management Program for the 96 CEG/CEV at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, has been nominated by the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) to compete in the Air Force’s 2006 General Thomas D. White Environmental Award competition for "Best Cultural Resources Management Program (Installation)". The award is part of the annual Air Force Civil Engineer Awards Program. CEMML provides substantial technical support for the Eglin CRM program in the form of permanent CSU Research Associates. CSU/CEMML Team Members sharing in the AFMC nomination are, in alphabetical order, George Cole, Joe Meyer, Sandy Nelson, and Lynn Shreve.

Fort Leonard Wood Wins 2005 Army Cultural Resources Management Award!! (1/1/2006)

CEMML Cultural Resources Management staff at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Dr. Richard Edging and Ms. Stephanie Nutt, won the FY 2005 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award in the category CULTURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, INSTALLATION. For more information click here.

New web site: Paleo Indian Archaeology and Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Shorelines on DOD Installations (12/12/05)

CEMML is pleased to announce the initiation of a new web site entitled Paleo Indian Archaeology and Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Shorelines on DOD Installations, as part of a project at Fort Drum, New York, sponsored by the DOD's Legacy Resource Management Program. The project is headed by Dr. Laurie Rush, Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Environmental Division at Fort Drum, and is managed by Dr. James Zeidler, CEMML's Associate Director for Cultural Resources. Based on recently documented archaeological evidence for ancient boat building activity at the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary, both at Fort Drum, New York, and at San Clemente Island, California, the web site is aimed at disseminating this evidence to the widest possible audience in the hope of generating similar studies at other DOD installations, as well as non-DOD localities, throughout the United States. The web site is designed as a working document to be continuously expanded as new data and information are gathered. As such, it will serve as an on-going forum for discussion and information exchange on paleo boat building as new partners are identified from both the CRM and academic communities. The new web site can be accessed at the following URL: www.cemml.colostate.edu/paleo/index.htm. (10 December 2005).

Two New Technical Publications (7/21/2004)

CEMML TPS 04-10: Temporal Predictive Model for Fort Hood, Texas: A Pilot Study in the Cowhouse Creek Drainage. Joshua S. Campbell and William C. Johnson, Ph.D. 2004

CEMML TPS 04-08: Military Impacts and Archaeological SIte Mitigation Methods at the Firebreak Site (41CV595), Fort Hood, Texas. Edited by James A. Zeidler, Ph.D. 2004

These publications can be found on the CEMML Cultural Resources Related Items web page.

U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Cultural Resources Program Wins 2003 Army Cultural Resources Management Award!! (3/5/2004)

The USARAK Cultural Resources Management Program, under the direction of CEMML Research Associate Russell Sackett, has won the Army's 2003 award for "Best Cultural Resources Management Program." In three years, a staff of seven transformed U.S. Army Garrison Alaska cultural resources management from a $60,000-a-year program to a comprehensive $1.2 million effort. This growth reflects the program's focus on upholding the installation's environmental and military missions on more than one million acres of Alaskan terrain.

"Alaska has a cutting-edge program both in terms of compliance and stewardship," said judging panel member Dr. David Guldenzopf, U.S. Army Environmental Center Cultural Resources Branch Chief. "The magnitude of the program, the acres managed, the National List of Historic Sites, and tribal requirements define this award-winning installation."

CEMML provides substantial technical support for the USARAK program in the form of permanent CSU Research Associates and seasonal hourly employees. CSU/CEMML Research Associates serving at USARAK during the award period were Russell Sackett, Nancy Fichter, Katherine Price, Aaron Robertson, and Kirsten Anderson.

Researchers Win International ESRI Award!!

CEMML researchers Jim Zeidler (Associate Director for Cultural Resources) and Mike O'Donnell (GIS Analyst) won third place in the "Best Analysis" category in the international ESRI Map Gallery for their poster entitled Rethinking logistic regression for predictive archaeological modeling: Improving predictive accuracy using the Generalized Additive Model (GAM). The poster was presented at the 2003 ESRI Users Conference held from July 7-11, 2003, in San Diego, California. Click here to view the poster.

Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program Wins 2002 Army Cultural Resources Management Awards!!

The Fort Drum Cultural Resources Management Program, under the direction of Dr. Laurie Rush, has won the Army's 2002 awards for "Best Cultural Resources Management Program" and "Best Cultural Resources Management Team" within the Northeast Regional Office (NERO). CEMML provides substantial technical support for the Fort Drum program in the form of permanent CSU Research Associates and seasonal hourly employees. CSU/CEMML Team Members specifically mentioned in the award package are Randy Amici (Research Associate II), Amy Wood (Research Associate II), Meg Schulz (Summer Field Crew member), Francis Scardera (Summer Crew Chief), Charlene Keck (Summer Field Crew member and faunal analyst). Ian Warden (CEMML Research Associate and LRAM Coordinator) is also cited.

Four CEMML Research Associates part of award-winning Cultural Resources Management team!!

The Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Cultural Resources Management team was recently awarded both the Army and the Department of Defense Environmental Security Awards for best CULTURAL RESOURCES  MANAGEMENT--TEAM. CEMML Research Associates on the Fort McCoy CRM team include Karyn Caldwell, Jason Tish, Andrea Den-Otter, and Stephen Wagner. Below is a link to the nomination statement for the Army award detailing their outstanding achievements in cultural resource management.

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CEMML is pleased to announce the addition of two new Cultural Resource Management specialists to its in-house staff.

Karen Waddell, (M.A., History, Colorado State University), CEMML Affiliate and specialist in historic preservation and architectural history. Ms. Waddell has expertise in cultural resource management review and compliance, cultural resource surveys in accordance with NHPA, Sections 106 and 110, and NEPA, archival development and management, historic research and writing, heritage education, and partnership development. She has extensive experience with historic preservation and CRM projects in the Department of Defense, as well as other Federal agencies including the General Services Administration and the Bureau of Land Management.

Roe W. Bubar, (J.D., Law, University of Colorado, Boulder), CEMML Affiliate and specialist in Federal Indian law. Ms. Bubar is a Native American attorney and CSU Research Consultant involved in a wide range of Native American social issues at the community and family level. She has carried out research in New Mexico, Colorado, and Rhode Island, and has taught a number of courses on Native American issues in CSU's Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE). As a CEMML affiliate, she provides technical support in all aspects of Native American stakeholder issues on DoD installations, especially with respect to the tribal consultation process.


For more information on CEMML's CRM support services, please contact:

Dr. James A. Zeidler
Associate Director for Cultural Resources
(970)-491-3741 (Phone)
(970)-491-2713 (FAX)

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