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1. Archeological curation is:

a) A process that includes the care and management of material remains, records (including digital data), and reports.
b) Keeping artifacts in your pocket until you get back to the lab.
c) Not an important aspect of archeological research.
d) Writing a report on the archeological project, including where the collections are housed.

2. T/F: A repository is a type of museum.

a) True.
b) False.

3. Important Bureau of American Ethnology programs include:

a) Mound exploration.
b) Tennessee Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Program.
c) River Basin Survey.
d) a & c.
e) a & b.

4. T/F: Archeology was closely aligned with museums at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

a) True.
b) False.

5. In the early 1900s the employers of many archeologists shifted from:

a) Universities to museums.
b) Public works programs to colleges.
c) Museums to universities.
d) Museums to contracting companies.
e) None of the above.

6. T/F: Archeologists are responsible for ensuring the care and management of only the artifacts they unearth.

a) True.
b) False.

7. The management of archeological collections is important because:

a) Provenience information is kept intact.
b) Many laws say so.
c) Archeological collections are "irreplaceable records of the past".
d) It helps preserve the research value of collections.
e) a, c, & d.

8. Reports on the status of archeological collections use and management in the 1970s and '80s found that:

a) There were adequate staff to handle all the collections deposited at repositories by archeologists.
b) Inventories and inspections of archeological collections were reliably conducted.
c) There was insufficient space to house archeological collections in many repositories.
d) Collections were inaccessible to researchers and others.
e) a & c.
f) c & d.
g) a & b.

9. One of the reasons that there is a curation crisis is:

a) The lunar eclipse of May 16, 1874.
b) A rapid, large influx of collections from salvage archeology & CRM projects.
c) Many archeologists do not take full responsibility for their collections.
d) There is too much storage space to house collections.
e) All of the above.
f) b & c.

10. The "gray literature" is a type of archeological collection that requires management and care because:

a) It accounts for the activities of "gray" archeologists.
b) It is produced in great numbers.
c) It is often the only unpublished report of an archeological investigation that exists.
d) None of the above.

 

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