Archaeological Accountability Policy
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Because the Town of Gill is home to a large number of Native American and Colonial sites, including the nationally registered Riverside Archaeological District, the Gill Historical Commission (GHC) has developed this Archaeological Accountability Policy to help it better monitor archaeological sites and investigative surveys in town. The Policy is geared to researchers required to obtain a permit for their work from the Massachusetts Historical Commission; it is not intended to impede archaeological work but instead to foster a spirit of cooperation between the Town and the archaeologists who carry out research here. Private land owners who plan to host archaeological research projects on their property are strongly encouraged to have a signed, written contract in place with the archaeologists.
The Policy requests the following: 1) that archaeologists, prior to excavating the Town’s rich archaeological resources, inform the GHC of their intent and provide it with basic information regarding their research; 2) that once an archaeological survey is underway, GHC members be allowed to visit the research site; and 3) that after the archaeological survey is complete, the GHC be provided with a site report and information related to the preservation of artifacts.
The Policy can be downloaded or viewed here: GHC_Archaeology_Accountability_Policy_final_Sept_2015