On May 12, 1998 the US General Services Administration decided that it would not fund the scope of research that it and the Federal Steering Committee had approved in 1993, essentially because its level of sophistication is higher than "standard" contract archaeology. The appropriate scope of research actually varies from site-to-site depending on its technical requirements and historic importance. A broad-based public effort is underway to hold the GSA accountable to its mitigation responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act. We invite interested readers to write their Congressional Representatives and Mr. David Barram, Administrator of the GSA, and to indicate support for completing the African Burial Ground Project as specified in the GSA-approved Research Design of 1993.


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