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Heritage Resource Management (HRM) and Applied Archaeology: Guide to research materials


What can archaeology do to make a better world? In addition studying past lives and times using what our forebears left behind, how can archaeological sites, data, methods, and perspectives address “real world” (extra-academic) issues and concerns? What can archaeology, especially studies completed in order to clear the way for land modification and resource extraction initiatives, contribute to land and place histories? To appropriate land and resource stewardship policies and practices? To public and youth education and training? To economic and community development? To intercultural reconciliation and international cooperation?

Prepared by Dr. John R. Welch (Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and School of Resource & Environmental Management), Erica Kowsz (Fulbright Scholar, 2011-12), and Lindsay Tripp (Liaison Librarian: Faculty of Environment, 2011-2012) this resource guide facilitates access to published works relating to the theory and practice of applied archaeology and cultural resources management (also known as CRM and archaeological heritage management).


The SFU Library assigns Subject Headings to items it owns. Subject Headings (SHs) are designed to:

  • inform researchers of an item's primary subject matter, and
  • bring together items with shared subject matter.

A selection of Subject Headings (SHs) relating to cooperation in land and resource management is provided here. Click on the links to view a comprehensive list of titles on that subject in the SFU Library catalogue (ranked by date, from newest to oldest). This feature is dynamic, and will reflect new titles as they are added to the Library's collection.

To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.

  • Antiquities -- Collection and preservation
  • Archaeology -- Methodology -- Standards
  • Archaeology -- Political aspects
  • Archaeology -- Social aspects
  • Cultural policy
  • Cultural policy -- Political aspects
  • Cultural property
  • Cultural property -- Protection
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Historic preservation
  • Historic preservation -- Standards
  • Historic sites -- Conservation and restoration
  • Sacred space
  • Salvage archaeology


The SFU Library subscribes to a number of databases containing Applied Archaeology and CRM literature:

Top Resources

Web of Science

Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.

Bibliography of Native North Americans

Index for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents on all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life. Coverage is from the sixteenth century to the present.


Abstracts of books, articles, monographs, reports and theses in physical and human geography, geology, mineralogy, ecology and development studies. The scope is international, dating back to 1980. The interdisciplinary coverage makes it suitable for researching environmental issues.

Anthropology Plus

Journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Coverage is from the late 1800s to present. The Library's license allows 24 simultaneous users.

Human Relations Area Files: Archaeology

Full-text books, periodical articles, manuscripts, site reports, dissertations and theses on archaeological traditions from around the world. Use the 3-digit codes to quickly search data on a subject.

In addition, the following web-based portals may be useful:


The Library has compiled a select list of journals available to SFU researchers interested in Applied Archaeology and CRM.

Members of the SFU community can add to this list; To do so, follow the steps outlined on the Library's Guide to Creating a Personalized Online Journal List, using the tag "applied archaeology" (without the quotation marks).

For a list of Open Access Archaeology journals (non-subscription based periodicals, freely available on the web), see the Directory of Open Access Journals or a comprehensive list on Open Access Archaeology

DVDs and miscellaneous media

Remnants of the Past
An educational video on the cultural significance of archaeological sites and the treatment of the remains of ancestors, jointly produced by British Columbia's Ministry of Transportation and the Qualicum First Nation.

Silent Stones of the Inishark: Memories, Archaeology, and Landscape
A short documentary film on the cultural landcape of the western Irish coast, produced by Erica Kowsz. It screened at the 7.5 Film Fest, part of the Society for American Archaeology Meeting in 2010.