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Francis Pierce-McManamon

Research Professor (FSC)
Mail Code: 2402



Frank McManamon is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity (Digital Antiquity), a ASU center in the School for Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC.) Digital Antiquity is devoted to improving the access to archaeological data and documents and ensuring their long term preservation and availability for current and future uses.

Before joining Digital Antiquity and SHESC in November, 2009, he was the Chief Archeologist of the National Park Service and Departmental Consulting Archeologist for the Department of the Interior (DoI) in Washington, DC. Dr. McManamon has been involved in the development of policy, regulations, and guidance for public archaeology in National Park system and throughout the government. He has special interests and expertise in archaeological resource management, the long-term access to and preservation of archaeological data, laws and regulations related to cultural resource management and historic preservation, and public outreach and education about archaeology and archaeological resources.

He represented the DoI in providing technical assistance for the Kennewick Man case and provided archaeological advice for the General Services Administration on the New York City African Burial Ground project. He served as an expert member of the United States delegations to UNESCO negotiations on illegal artifact trafficking and the protection of underwater archeological resources.

He has conducted archeological investigations in eastern North America, western Europe, and Micronesia.

He is coeditor of a collection of essays, The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation, published in 2006 by the University of Arizona Press. The book received a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Book Award in 2006.

He is the general editor of the four-volume encyclopedia, Archaeology in America (Greenwood Press, 2009).  The American Library Association named the encyclopedia an outstanding reference publication in 2010.


Research Interests

Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and Public Archaeology

Access to and Preservation of Digital Archaeological Data

Managing and Preserving Archaeological Resources

Public Outreach and Archaeological Interpretation


Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASM 484 Internship

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 484 Internship

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Veterans Digital Curation Program. (7/26/2016 - 7/25/2017).
  2. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Uploading AZ Parks files of archaeological reports to tDAR. AZ STATE PARKS (12/1/2015 - 12/31/2015).
  3. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . BRec PXAO: Digital Archiving of Cultural Reports. (8/20/2015 - 7/31/2017).
  4. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Cultural Resource Services. Baer Engineering (4/2/2015 - 5/31/2017).
  5. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * Kintigh,Keith William . Mellon III: Ensuring Sustainability for Digital Antiquity and tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record). A.W. MELLON FDN (12/17/2014 - 12/31/2018).
  6. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Evaluating a Cooperative Approach to the Management of Digital Archaeological Records. DOD (8/1/2013 - 12/31/2014).
  7. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * Schmidt,Sherrie . CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation. COUNCIL ON LIBRARY RESOURCES (7/1/2013 - 9/30/2015).
  8. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Digitize and store information within the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). (5/14/2012 - 10/15/2013).
  9. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Digital Archiving of Midwest Archeological Center Archeological Reports for Preservation and Public Access. DOI-NPS (9/1/2011 - 3/31/2015).
  10. Pierce-Mcmanamon,Francis P * . Digital Archiving of Cultural Reports. (6/29/2011 - 12/31/2014).

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  • Archaeology; public archaeology, cultural resources management (CRM), preservation, resource protection, resource managemen, history of archaeology, archaeology and law