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Birch MA 2006 Public Archaeology and the Cultural Resource Management in Southern Ontario

Birch MA 2006 Public Archaeology and the Cultural Resource Management in Southern Ontario

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 PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE CULTURAL RESOURCEMANAGEMENT INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN ONTARIOByJennifer Birch, B.A.A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in partialfulfillment of the requirements for thedegree of Master of ArtsDepartment of Sociology and AnthropologyCarleton University, Ottawa, OntarioApril 24, 2006© 2006, Jennifer Birch
The growth of the archaeological consulting industry in Ontario has drasticallychanged how archaeology is done in this province. This new public context has raisedquestions about accountability, and it has been suggested that archaeologists have anobligation to public education and outreach. This thesis will investigate the public role of consulting archaeologists in Ontario, with reference to a recent survey undertaken amongarchaeological practitioners in the province for the purposes of this study. The resultssuggest that the current system of cultural resource management in this province islacking in policies and practices that permit meaningful communication with the public.
There are many people who have helped me along the path to finishing this thesis.I would first and foremost like to express my gratitude to both of my thesis supervisorsfor the long hours they put into discussing this project with me and for their closereadings of the final material. Thanks to Professor Derek G. Smith for always pointingme in the right direction, and for always coming through at exactly the right time. Thank you to Dr. Jean-Luc Pilon for agreeing to get involved in this project, for manystimulating conversations about pilots and sawpits and for supporting the idealism thatcomes with youth. I would also like to thank all of the participants in this project whogave their time to be interviewed and who made this study possible.Thanks to all the friends I have made here at Carleton, and in particular my goodfriend Holly Thomas. I think that the students put life into the Sociology-Anthropologydepartment, and they have made my time here at Carleton that much more fun. Thanks tomy Grandmother Elizabeth Birch for being an inspiration. Finally, and most especially, Iwould like to thank my parents, Michael and Wendy Birch, for their unwavering supportof all my endeavors and whose faith in me has always allowed me to believe in myself.

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