Cultural Resource Protection
November 23, 2010
In 1993 the Town of Ithaca, New York, Planning Department and Cornell University collaborated to launch the Inlet Valley Archaeological Survey (IVAS), a pre-emptive cultural resources survey to identify areas of archaeological importance in an area south of Ithaca slated for major development. The IVAS permitted Ithaca's planning department to work with developers to design around and ultimately protect identified historic and cultural resources. In this program, George Frantz, AICP, a visiting lecturer at Cornell, discussed IVAS and explained how it became the genesis of two public parks and a revival of interest in the area's Native American heritage.