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Applying North American Approaches to Community Archaeology in Khirbet al-Mukhayyat, Jordan

Author(s): Jennifer Lewis

Year: 2015

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"Community based" archaeology programs are all the rage in North America, as both academic and consulting archaeologists respond to descendant communities’ rights to management over their cultural heritage in the face of large-scale development and resource management. This movement is not yet applied in other regions facing similar challenges of economic development opportunities and access to heritage.

The Khirbet al-Mukhayyat Community Archaeology Program (KMCAP) is inspired by North American approaches, while recognizing the unique socio-political and economic setting of Jordan. My paper presents the methods, findings, challenges, and futures from the (inaugural) 2014 season, within the larger Town of Nebo Archaeological Project (directed by Dr. Debra Foran of Wilfred Laurier University). The KMCAP is informed by my experience as a consulting archaeologist in British Columbia, and by my academic work in the southwestern United States.

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Applying North American Approaches to Community Archaeology in Khirbet al-Mukhayyat, Jordan. Jennifer Lewis. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395298)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America