May Is Archaeology Month
All federally funded projects require archaeological assessment
Dover -- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) celebrates Archaeology Month by recognizing the vital role archaeology plays in all federally funded highway projects. Under federal law, every federally funded construction project requires an archaeological assessment either by a DelDOT archaeologist or DelDOT contractor.
"Preserving archaeological remains is vital to preserving our cultural heritage as a nation. We're saving a valuable part of our history," said DelDOT Archaeologist David Clarke. "Saving and studying artifacts gives us a valuable glimpse at our past."
DelDOT archaeologists join about a dozen consultants in keeping tabs on hundreds of construction sites around the state. National archaeology and historic preservation laws require an assessment to see if construction projects have the potential to damage historic properties. If properties will be affected, then DelDOT works to limit the possible impacts to the resources. If an adverse effect on the property will occur, DelDOT will work with the consulting parties, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the public to exchange ideas, alternatives, and solutions for not only a better highway system but for protecting its historical heritage.
The Archaeological Society of Delaware is sponsoring several events to spotlight archaeology in May. On May 5, the Iron Hill Museum will host the Archaeology Festival on Sunday, May 5, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in which DelDOT will participate. For more information about the Archaeology Festival, please visit ironhill-museum
and select the Museum Calendar. For more information about Archaeology Month events, please visit delawarearchaeology.org