Archaeology after the field: assessment of the Josselyn Collection at the University of Alabama Birmingham

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dc.contributor Cormier, Loretta A.
dc.contributor Merritt, Stephen R.
dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Sharyn
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Ian W. Carlisle, Christel Nicole 2017-03-01T16:47:56Z 2017-03-01T16:47:56Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001265
dc.identifier.other Carlisle_alatus_0004M_11521
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Josselyn Archaeological Collection (Josselyn Collection) contains artifacts from over 100 Archaic and Woodland period Native American sites from Alabama and other states in the Southeast. The collection is named for avocational archaeologist, Dan W. Josselyn, and contains both amateur and systematic field collections. The collection is in a state of disorganization. Major organization and restoration of the Josselyn collection needs to be undertaken not only for it to meet federal standards, but to fully meet its research potential. A review of Museum Best Practices was conducted to develop guidelines to revise and improve the Josselyn collection. In addition, a review of five institutions with collections similar to UAB's was conducted to discover their procedures for implementing Museum Best Practices guidelines. Based on this study, it is recommended that the following measures be developed for restoring the Josselyn Collection; (1) Develop a collections management policy; (2) Develop a collections manager position or assign oversight of the collection to department member; (3) Address security of the collection, which includes NAGPRA issues, collection hierarchy, and access to collections; (4) Implement environmental and pest control measures; (5) Develop formal lab procedures; (6) Rectify the poor storage conditions of the collection; (7) Address records and documentation issues, such as offsite backup and the development of database and current institutional records for the collection.
dc.format.extent 81 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.subject.other Museum studies
dc.title Archaeology after the field: assessment of the Josselyn Collection at the University of Alabama Birmingham
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology Anthropology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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