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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. Click here for more information on getting a Master's Degree in Cultural Resources Management (CRM) at Sonoma State University

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.

CRM/Small Project Internship (Anth 596B – Spring 2015)

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

The interns heard talks from a wide range of presenters, including Nick Tipon of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Sacred Sites Protection Committee; Kristina Montgomery, Cultural Resources Specialist at Caltrans District 4; Karin Goetter Beck of AECOM; and Sandra Massey Konzak, ASC’s Collections Manager. Intern using a hand-held GPS unit

The students conducted field studies on several projects, including two projects on historic-era sites in Colusa County for the BLM, a mining site in Malakoff Diggings State Historic Park for DPR, a logging enterprise in Big Sur for Monterey County Parks, three different prehistoric sites within Annadel State Park to update conditions for DPR, two sites in Point Reyes National Seashore to aid in climate change work for the National Park Service, and an update to a site in Mendocino County where a group of private landowners are seeking to learn about their property.

Site Survey Internship (Anth 596A – Fall 2014)

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.

SSU students recorded a variety of sites throughout northern California over the course of the semester. Students learned field recording techniques as well as site record production on real sites. This year students recorded a historic-era mining complex in Lake County for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recorded a site within Sonoma State’s Fairfield Osborne Preserve to aid CRM MA candidate Kyle Rabellino’s thesis work; updated an old record for the Santa Rosa rural CAL FIRE station; and aided in an update to a large multi-component site at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park for the California Deparment of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Interns also participated in the ASC fall volunteer project at Pole Mountain and helped record numerous ranching features there. Thomas Origer (Origer and Associates) volunteered to explain and demonstrate the process of obsidian hydration testing for students.

Interns learned how to survey in varied terrain and conditions, to locate and map a site, to record both prehistoric and historic-era resources using GPS, and how to complete DPR site records. To produce site records for each location, students learned to be proficient in Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, and ESRI ArcMap.

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, Sonoma County Land Trust, and CAL FIRE.


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