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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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December 02nd 2015:The Sustainable Preservation Initiative: Economics, Archaeology and Activism

This week we are looking at archaeology and activism with the executive director of Sustainable Preservation Initiative (SPI), Dr. Larry Coben. Active since 2010, SPI is a non-profit that offers sustainable business and entrepreneurial opportunities to economically disadvantaged communities as a way to aid the historic preservation of archaeological sites. SPI accomplishes its goal by instituting sustainable economic incentives that offer alternatives to the economic uses of archaeological sites, such as looting and grazing. As archaeology moves away from academia and into the applied field, e

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Dr. Larry Coben

Dr. Coben is the founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative , a not for profit organization providing sustainable business and entrepreneurial opportunities to poor communities where endangered archaeological sites are located. SPI believes the best way to preserve cultural heritage is creating or supporting locally-owned businesses whose success is tied to that preservation. SPI's grants provide a "two for the price of one" benefit: they create transformative economic opportunities for the local residents while saving archaeological sites for future generations to study and enjoy. SPI is the leading preservation organization utilizing this exciting and effect
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