Taking a trip to MARS (Military Archaeology Resources Stewardship)

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Hello Indy listeners! Joining us today are members from MARS, not the planet, but their work is certainly out of this world.  The Military Archaeological Resources Stewardship Interest Group is a group organized to bring together professional archaeologists who have interests in military lands archaeology and organize discussions concerning the protection cultural and historic resources during military operations. The collective work of military personnel and archaeologists working for the government cannot be understated.  The Department of Defense alone is responsible for the management of 21 million acres of domestic lands, which holds over 111,000 known archaeological sites in public trust. We get to sit down today and hear about the initiatives and goals of the group and how cultural resource management works at the federal level.



Ms. Kristen Mt. Joy


Kristen Mt. Joy is the Cultural Resource Manager for the Texas Army National Guard. In supporting the mission of training soldiers, her program ensures heritage resources such as archaeological sites and historic buildings and features are managed efficiently and military activities are in compliance with Federal and State historic regulations. She also coordinates government-to-government consultation with Native American tribes, which are recognized as sovereign nations, on issues of cultural and sacred properties on Texas Army National Guard training lands. She holds anthropology degrees from University of Utah (BA) and Eastern New Mexico University (MA). She has worked in the American Arctic on coastal and inland archaeological sites, with the late Thor Heyerdahl on excavations at the Pirámedes de Güímar in the Canary Islands, and throughout New Mexico, Texas and Utah. From 2000-2004, she worked as a Field Archaeologist/Outreach coordinator at one of the U.S. Army’s largest training sites, Fort Hood, Texas before joining the Texas Army National Guard Environmental staff in 2005.




Dr. James Wild

James Wilde has been a professional archaeologist for 42 years.  He started his career on the Chalcatzingo Project in central Mexico in 1973, and has worked throughout the western US and Alaska.  He earned his PhD at the University of Oregon in 1985.  He was an adjunct professor at BYU and directed their Office of Public Archaeology for 11 years.  He moved to become a US Air Force archaeologist and cultural resources manager in 1994, and is now the Air Force’s Cultural Resources Subject Matter Expert (SME), working out of Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.  The Cultural Resources SME oversees three aspects of AF Cultural Resources Management: Archaeology on over 8 million acres in the continental US, Historic buildings and structures on 110 air bases and large ranges, and consultations with American Indian tribes, Alaska Native groups, and Native Hawaiian Organizations.  Wilde has authored and co-authored many articles and monographs on his research in the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, and recently was lead author on two Air Force Instructions (essentially regulations) titled: “Cultural Resources Management” and “Air Force Interactions with Federally-Recognized Tribes,” both published in November 2014.






Dr. Edward Quates

I have worked as a U.S. Army federal archaeologist for the Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program since 2009, which is responsible for the management and stewardship of nearly 1000 historic properties on approximately 108,000 acres of military training lands in northern New York State.

I am a cofounder, a former chairperson, and the current secretary of the Military Archaeology Resources Stewardship (MARS) interest group with the Society for American Archaeology. This group is dedicated to creating a forum for archaeologists that work on military lands and to generate a dialogue between the military and academic archaeologists in order to achieve the goal of bettering historic preservation and cultural property protection during military operations at home and abroad. Read more about MARS.

I have also been an adjunct professor with the State University of New York at Oswego since 2013. My personal research focuses on the use of landscape within frontiers and borderlands. I m interested in the intersection between the use of landscape, the practices of smuggling and human trafficking, and the ideals of manhood and patriarchy in the antebellum South



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