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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. More information on getting a Master's Degree in Cultural Resources Management (CRM) at Sonoma State University is available at the Department of Anthropology web page.

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 site survey, 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.

Some of the ASC's recent internships are described below.

GIS in CRM Internship (Anth 596)

The GIS internship in Spring 2017 provided graduate students with practical experience using mapping and database software in Cultural Resource Management projects. The goal was not to train students to become GIS specialists or teach an introduction to ArcGIS (the mapping software used by the ASC and most other CRM practitioners), but to expand their existing knowledge of GIS and illustrate how GIS can assist the CRM professional.

Total StationTopics ranged from an overview of map requirements for CRM reports or specific agencies to best practices while creating maps in the office and field, advanced field mapping techniques using Trimble GPS Receivers and a Total Station, analyzing construction drawings and manipulating CAD data, creating and maintaining databases, and using ArcGIS software to conduct spatial analyses.

Data and examples from actual CRM projects were used whenever possible to provide an understandable context for the use of GIS. Students were encouraged to also use data from their theses to create maps and databases as part of the internship

CRM/Small Project Internship (Anth 596B)

This internship is typically offered every other spring semester through the SSU Anthropology Department.

The Spring 2016 Small Project Management Internship was the largest group in recent years with 11 students, including three student teaching assistants. Several guest speakers presented on wide range of topics, providing information on their experience in the CRM field. Speakers included Oral Historian Dana Shew, Adrian Praetzellis (ASC Director 1992–2016), and CRM-MA graduates Emily Castano, Kristina Montgomery, and Karen Reichardt of Caltrans. Intern recording a grass-covered site

Each student conducted a field study and report for their selected location provided by local agency and community partners. Sites included a historic-era mercury mine in Lake County on BLM property, two rock art locations at Clear Lake State Park, a prehistoric habitation site at the Hopland Research and Extension Center, a doghole port landing site within Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, a habitation site within Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a habitation site with house pits in Colusa County on BLM’s Bear Creek Ranch, another house pit habitation site in Mendocino County within Jackson Demonstration State Forest, and a portion of the Oak Mound Cemetery in Healdsburg for the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society. Two of the teaching assistants completed portions of their thesis work as part of their contribution.

Interns completed each project from initial client contact through report write up, including background record searches, environmental studies, and site record forms for their sites.

Site Survey Internship (Anth 596A)

This internship is typically offered every fall semester through the SSU Anthropology Department; however, last year it took place in Spring 2017.

Drawing a rock feature

The internship recorded six sites in Sonoma and Napa counties. Seven students learned field recording techniques on real sites with access provided by local agency and community partners. Additionally, the internship collaborated with the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewart’s Point Rancheria to begin establishing an archaeological inventory of the newly created Kashia Coastal Preserve, recording or updating site records for five shell-midden sites.

Interns learned how to survey in varied terrain and conditions. Students learned to locate and map sites, record both prehistorc and historic-era resources using GPS, and how to complete DPR site-record forms for a variety of site types. Students produced final versions of site records for submittal to the Northwest Information Center using Word, Adobe Illustrator, and ESRI ArcMap software.

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