The Conversation: America’s archaeology data keeps disappearing – even though the law says the government is supposed to preserve it

The Conversation: America’s archaeology data keeps disappearing – even though the law says the government is supposed to preserve it . “Today, nearly all archaeological fieldwork in the U.S. is executed by private firms in response to legal mandates for historic preservation, at a cost of about a billion dollars annually. However, only a minuscule fraction of the data from these projects is made accessible or preserved for future research, despite agencies’ clear legal obligations to do so. Severe loss of these data is not unusual – it’s the norm.”