Local Contexts, Global Application - A Comparative Analysis of Collaborative and Community Archaeology Projects in Western Australia, British Columbia and Alaska.
Author(s): David Guilfoyle
Collaborative heritage management projects requires adaptation to local customary protocols, local structures, and local community goals, and so necessitates a uniquely, localized focus. At the same time, developing, formalized approaches to collaboration that have universal elements – structures and processes - that are applicable in any context, is a goal in the continual evolution and development of a fully integrated collaborative, community archaeology. This means identifying those structures and processes that operate to overcome the specific barriers and/or opportunities that exist within a local community context. The differences (and similarities) between one local context and another are due to contrasting restraints/opportunities derived from government regulations, historical contexts, social structures, land tenure/access, industry impacts, academic agendas, and prevailing land management regimes, among other factors. Using several case studies of projects currently underway in Western Australia, British Columbia, and Alaska, the paper outlines the challenges, opportunities, and outcomes when undertaking collaborative and community archaeology projects operating within different socio-political contexts. The goal of this analysis is to identify the similar mechanisms established that transcend the contrasting, external barriers and opportunities. In so doing, the paper explores the wider applicability of developing a formalized, structural model of collaboration in cultural heritage management.
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Local Contexts, Global Application - A Comparative Analysis of Collaborative and Community Archaeology Projects in Western Australia, British Columbia and Alaska.. David Guilfoyle. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395294)
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