Trouble in the Glen: The battle over Kentucky Lake archaeology


New Deal archaeological investigations have long been recognized for their valuable contribution to scientific archaeology (Davis 1997; Dye 1991; Fagette i996;Guthe 1952; Haag 1985;Lyon 1996; Sullivan 1999). Lesser known or appreciated are the battles waged and compromises hammered out among archaeologists, field supervisors, landowners, and politicians, as well as federal, state, and local administrators. New Deal archaeology was conducted in an atmosphere of rapidly emerging laws and procedures that generated varying degrees of cooperation and conflict among the individuals and agencies involved. Laws were passed, proposals were written, and fieldwork was approved, often within a matter of weeks, leaving little time for research proposal preparation. Strained nerves and intense competition often characterized these difficult times as everyone involved scrambled to make the evolving, imperfect system work.

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