Frank McManamon is the Executive Director of Digital Antiquity. Before joining Digital Antiquity in November 2009, he was the Chief Archeologist of the National Park Service and Departmental Consulting Archeologist for the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. Dr. McManamon has been involved in the development of policy, regulations, and guidance for public archaeology in the National Park system and throughout the government. He has special interests and expertise in archaeological resource management, the long-term access to and preservation of archaeological data, laws and regulations related to cultural resource management and historic preservation, and public outreach and education about archaeology and archaeological resources.
Frank represented the DoI in providing technical assistance to the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Justice on the Kennewick Man case and provided archaeological advice for the General Services Administration on the New York City African Burial Ground project. He served as an expert member of the United States delegations to UNESCO negotiations on illegal artifact trafficking and the protection of underwater archeological resources.
Frank has conducted archeological investigations in eastern North America, Western Europe, and Micronesia.
With David Harmon and Dwight Pitcaithley, Frank edited a collection of essays, The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation, published in 2006 by the University of Arizona Press. The book received a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Book Award in 2006.
Frank’s most recent professional publication is the four-volume encyclopedia, Archaeology in America (Greenwood Press, 2009), for which he is the general editor.