Archaeological sites and cultural landscapes are important aspects of historic preservation that are sometimes overlooked, especially at the community level where buildings and structures might understandably garner our first attention. This session promotes an interdisciplinary approach to historic preservation, where archaeology and landscapes add greater depth and enduring connections to the past. Further, the techniques for identifying, managing, and protecting archaeological sites and cultural landscapes also offer useful applications for enhancing and restoring the historical integrity at other types of historic properties. Along with an integration of environmental archaeology into historic preservation, this session addresses interdisciplinary planning efforts and historical designation in the National Register of Historic Places and UNESCO World Heritage Sites systems. Participants are encouraged to bring questions about similar issues from their own sites or research for the discussion portion of the session.
Jaime Arsenault is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), Repatriation Representative, and Archives Manager for the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Ms. Arsenault has worked with Indigenous communities for over 25 years. She is a former National Advisory Board Member of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM) and currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Repatriation Review Committee.
Jennifer Aultman is Director of Historic Sites and Museums for Ohio History Connection, the state’s nonprofit history partner. In this role she oversees the management of 55 historic sites and museums, including the three Ohio History Connection sites that are part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks World Heritage nomination. She directs the World Heritage effort in Ohio, leading Ohio History Connection’s partnership with the National Park Service’s Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Tribal partners, and stakeholders across the state and beyond to achieve the world’s highest designation for these remarkable places. Jen is a landscape archaeologist specializing in the impact of colonization on Eastern Woodlands landscapes. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Jen previously worked at another World Heritage Site, Monticello, and is eager to help harness the power of the World Heritage designation process to lift up Ohio’s Indigenous history.
David is the National Register Archaeologist in the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. He has conducted archaeological research for more than three decades in the Upper Midwest, and previously served as consulting archaeologist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office. A specialist in environmental archaeology, Dr. Mather holds graduate degrees from the University of Sheffield in England, and the University of Minnesota. He has written extensively on Minnesota archaeology, zooarchaeology, and environmental history in academic journals and for the public.
W. Kevin Pape is founder and President of Gray & Pape Heritage Management. He is a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage management with over 35 years of specialized experience in the delivery of cultural resource services to public and private clients. Mr. Pape is valued by his clients for developing strategic solutions to successfully navigating compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for complex projects. He helps his clients achieve open and respectful engagement with Indian tribes and works with project stakeholders to facilitate the consultation process so that culturally appropriate, respectful decisions occur in a way that is satisfactory to Indian tribal nations and sensitive to project requirements. Mr. Pape is actively engaged with community revitalization projects and currently serves as President of Heritage Ohio, Inc., where he is recognized for strong national leadership on the intersection of community revitalization and historic preservation and a recipient of the John H Chaffee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy from the National Trust. He is a member of Ohio’s World Heritage Steering Committee and a former President of the American Cultural Resources Association.