Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology, delivered the closing
remarks at the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium, sponsored by four federal
agencies during October 14–15, 2015.
The symposium, sponsored by the National Park Service,
National Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Wisconsin Historical Society,
was convened to discuss the application a Maritime Cultural Landscape approach to
managing historic and archaeological resources on federal property. The symposium was attended by
representatives of the federal government, state governments, tribal
governments, the academic community, and cultural resource managers.
goals of the symposium were to better understand the breadth of the Maritime
Cultural Landscape approach, discuss its applicability to the National Register
of Historic Places, and understand how it might be used to interpret and manage
large areas of land and sea (or lakes). The symposium was followed by a working
group on October 16 to synthesize the symposium discussion and plan next steps.
Ford delivered the closing remarks at the end of the
symposium and participated in the working group. He was selected for these
activities because he has applied and written about the Maritime Cultural
Landscape approach. His background in cultural resource management and role as
an associate professor in the IUP Applied Archaeology MA Program also made him
uniquely suited to discuss the intersections between this approach and the
needs of federal and state agencies tasked with protecting and interpreting
America’s multiple heritages.