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Faculty Presentations: Dore Give Keynote Address in Leeds

Dr. Christopher Dore, Adjunct Professor, presented a keynote opening lecture at the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists annual conference, this year held in Leeds, U.K., April 24–26. The conference theme was Values, Benefits, and Legacies. In his lecture, Dr. Dore presented the business perspective on commercial archaeology. His lecture was titled “Value, Sustainability, and Heritage Impact: The Business-Driven Argument for Archaeologists.” Dr. Dore argued that profit is necessary, but not sufficient, for heritage organizations to return value. Without a return of financial value, organizational sustainability is impossible. When heritage organizations are not financially healthy and sustainable, they can’t have a significant heritage impact or perpetuate professional values. Dr. Dore presented economic data that showed that overall, U.K. commercial archaeology firms (like U.S. CRM firms) are profitable but not profitable enough to add value or be sustainable. (Anthro News date: 5/17/2019)