The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 39 Number 2: 55-64 - April 1977

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Archeology and Speleology: The Case for Conservation
David G. Anderson


Caves and rock shelters have proven significant sources of information for archeologists. The recovery of archeological remains in undisturbed context from such sites is vital to the interpretation of past human behavior. Similarities in research interests, the nature of their respective resource bases, and a history of cooperation link archeology and the speleological community. Cooperation between archeologists and speleologists in the fields of conservation and resource management is needed and can prove of mutual benefit. Mechanism for cooperative interaction include increased research opportunities, effetive utiliztion of federal legislation, and programs of public education and involvement. Archeological remains discovered in the course of speleological investigation should be left alone, and the proper authorities contacted.

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