Cave archaeology and the NSS:1941-2006

George Crothers, P. Willey, Patty Jo Watson

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Like most other branches of speleology, cave archaeology in the U.S. grew and developed significantly during the mid to late twentieth century. Originally viewed as marginal to mainstream Americanist archaeology, pursuit of prehistoric and historic archaeology underground is now widely accepted as making valuable contributions to knowledge of human past. The National Speleological Society played a central role in that development and continues to do so. We outline the establishment and growth of cave archaeology in North America, with special emphasis on relations between the NSS and archaeology performed in dark zone, deep cave interiors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cave and Karst Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes


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