LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In a recently published letter to the editor of the SAA Bulletin, Lynne Sebastian responded to our article, "Archaeology as a Way of Life: Advice from the Sages" [1999, 17(4):3: 26], writing that she was "disheartened to discover that, of the 21 'sages' consulted, only one was from outside the university/museum/research institution academic axis," and that she was "stunned that no private sector archaeologists were included in the piece." We would like to point out that, in addition to the 23 individuals surveyed from the "academic axis," 21 cultural resource management firms (from Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, and New Mexico) also were contacted, along with 12 individuals from the National Park Service and Forest Service. We are disheartened to report that not a single individual from the CRM field responded to the survey.
The Student Affairs Committee is aware of the importance that CRM holds for the discipline and for students as future career options. Every effort is made to include CRM perspectives in what we do for students. This commitment is celebrated in a recent Student Affairs article by Samantha Ruscavage-Barz, "Getting Your First Job in Cultural Resource Management: A Practical Guide for Students" [SAA Bulletin, 1997, 15(2): 7], as well as in a recent workshop on career preparation for CRM employment that we sponsored at the SAA Annual Meeting. We hope that professional archaeologists working in the private sector realize our firm commitment to making students aware of the stimulating and rewarding careers to be found in CRM, and that more individuals from the CRM field will participate in our future efforts to do so.
Student Affairs Committee
Jane Baxter, Chair
I write in reference to the September issue of the SAA Bulletin, which contained a report on the proliferation of archaeology magazines by A'ndrea Elyse Messer [1999, 17(4): 13]. While the two paragraphs on Archaeology Magazine are welcome publicity, I have to take exception to several statements by Ms. Messer. She is correct in stating that "the overall content has not changed much." Archaeology remains committed to covering archaeological news worldwide. She is mistaken, however, in thinking that there is "a penchant for Old World Mediterranean and northern European prehistory and history." One only has to glance through the past six issues of our magazine to see that our coverage has indeed been worldwide in scope, particularly our 50th anniversary series of articles that reported five decades of archaeological advances in regions of the globe as diverse as Africa, China, North and South America, Mesoamerica, the South Pacific, Northern Europe, and the Near East. Her comment that "the emphasis remains on art and architecture" ignores a substantial amount of reporting on subjects such as experimental archaeology and remote sensing, not to mention our recent summary of 50 years of technological progress.
In sum, we are happy to have received the notice in the Bulletin. However, we wish Ms. Messer had spent more time with our magazine.
Peter A. Young
Editor in Chief
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