SAA Releases Guidelines for Preparing Legacy Archaeological Collections for Curation
In 2017, the SAA Board asked the Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation (CMCC) to consider drafting guidelines for archaeologists who are responsible for, or are aware of, collections that should have been curated long ago. For various reasons, these collections were not curated, often beyond the control of the archaeologist. Realizing that preparing old collections for curation could easily become overwhelming—and potentially result in an abandoned collection—these guidelines were developed to help navigate the process. The guidelines provide an overview of tasks and considerations that are necessary prior to transferring collections to a repository.