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Cultural Resources Management (CRM)

Sonoma State University has one of the country's oldest Master's degree programs in Cultural Resources Management. Over the last 35 years over 125 MA degrees have been awarded.

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How will the ASC fit into your CRM education?

ASC is committed to providing training for students beginning their careers and for staff looking to hone their skills or obtain new ones. Several internships are offered yearly on small project management and curation management, and special studies on a wide range of topics are available through consultation with senior staff. ASC personnel continue to receive on-the-job training and regularly attend classes, workshops, and professional meetings held locally and throughout the country. Students who gain experience through ASC are highly sought after in the private sector and are regularly hired for upper-management positions in state and federal agencies.

Site Survey Internship (Anth 596A – Fall 2013)

This internship is offered every fall semester through the SSU Anthropology Department. It was coordinated by Staff Archaeologist Kate Green with Adrian Praetzellis serving as faculty sponsor.

Students recorded a variety of sites throughout northern California over the course of the semester. They learned how to survey in varied terrain and conditions, how to locate and map a site, how to record both prehistoric and historic-era resources using GPS, and how to complete DPR site record forms.

Students recorded a historic-era residential and ranching complex within Sugarloaf State Park to aid CRM Masters candidate Lacey Klopp’s thesis work; re-recorded a prehistoric lithic concentration on the shore of Clear Lake State Park for DPR; worked with Nick Tipon of The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, UC Berkeley students, and ground-penetrating radar to add more detail to a site within Olompali State Historic Park in Novato; and recorded a multicomponent site noted by CAL FIRE training crews within Las Posadas State Forest near Angwin. Internship students also participated in the fall volunteer project at Marks Ranch and helped record numerous ranching features there.

Records produced by the students are submitted to the Northwest Information Center as well as to our generous agency partners who donate site locations for the semester. This year, those agencies included California Department of Parks and Recreation, The Big Sur Land Trust and Monterey County Parks, and CAL FIRE.

Internship in CRM/Small Project Internship (Anth 596B – Spring 2013)

This internship is offered every other spring semester through the SSU Anthropology Department. It was coordinated by Staff Archaeologist Kate Green with the assistance of Kyle Rabellino. Faculty sponsor was Adrian Praetzellis.

Students worked on a variety of sites and with various agencies. They included a historic-era sanatorium site (East Bay Regional Park District), the John Muir house (National Park Service, Martinez), a prehistoric midden site and dairy ranch at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, two prehistoric sites within Clear Lake State Park (DPR), a historic-era building foundation for the Audubon Society through CAL FIRE, and an extensive prehistoric habitation site and artifact deposit (Sonoma Land Trust).


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