Quality Management in Archaeology deals with the effects of the profound changes that have had an impact on the discipline of archaeology all over the world. In North America, in Europe and increasingly in other parts of the world, new legislation and international treaties have changed its position in society. What was once a university based research activity by a limited number of academics has become a socially relevant field with many practitioners that are mostly employed in some branch of archaeological resource management. Archaeology has been successful in persuading governments and the general public that more should be done to preserve archaeological heritage and to investigate it where it will be irretrievably lost. The scale and frequency of archaeological work has increased vastly, at considerable cost to society. Consequently, there is pressure to do the work efficiently and economically. At the same time, academic standards have to be maintained to assure that the end result will be the relevant knowledge about the past that society pays for. Different countries have found different approaches and solutions to deal with this dilemma. Sometimes commercial archaeology is allowed, sometimes it is not, but in every national context quality has to be managed in some way. This book presents a survey by specialists from the US, Canada, and several European countries on how this is done, what the principles are, and also the priorities. It will be useful for anyone interested in archaeological resource management.
Willem J.H. Willems (1950-2014) was professor of archaeological heritage at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Previously he was Dean of the Faculty, after a career at the State Antiquities Service where he became director and Chief Archaeologist of the Netherlands. He was a member of the Committee of the Council of Europe that drafted the Valletta Convention and served as president of the European Association of Archaeologists. After that he served as co-President of the ICOMOS Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM). He was an honorary member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of London and of the EAA. In 2012 he was awarded the European Archaeological Heritage Prize and in 2013 he received a knighthood in the Order of the Nederlandse Leeuw in recognition of his national and international heritage activities. Dr. Willems has published extensively on aspects of heritage resource management. While in the process of co-editing Water & Heritage he passed away on December 13th 2014. He will be greatly missed.