I just realized that I’ve been blogging about the SAA conference without mentioning that SAA stands for the Society for American Archaeology.
Today was the last full day of the conference. One of the highlights was the symposium on the preservation of space-related heritage sites. With interest in space tourism increasing, it’s only a matter of time before some yahoo wants to put their footprints next to Neil Armstrong’s. Several of the presenters have been working at getting some of the most historically important locations, such as Tranquility Base, listed as world heritage sites. This would make it easier to protect them from being damaged or destroyed. Catherine (my wife) is as interested in space exploration as I am, so she came down to the convention center to sit in on this one too.
Beth O’Leary, the first presenter, has co-edited the Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology, and Heritage, which I picked up yesterday. It runs nearly 1,000 pages, and looks like it covers the technological, cultural, and legal aspects of space archaeology. So far I’ve only leafed through it, but I’m expecting to enjoy it immensely.