Minding the Ideological Gap in Consulting Archaeology

Author(s): Sean P. Connaughton; James Herbert

Year: 2015


This paper discusses recent results from an anthropological research program within a large archaeological consulting firm, highlighting some key ideological differences between consulting archaeologists and Indigenous archaeologists. Using interviews with a cross-section of archaeologists, the study combines results with previous research to illuminate the gap between these two groups with a focus on goals, practises and concerns. We attempt to shed light on areas for improvement and we challenge consulting archaeologists and their clients to move towards equitable partnerships developed through collaborative practises resulting in meaningful projects and deliverables. Acknowledging that the road is long, this paper seeks to move past discussing the issue by identifying the disparity between consulting archaeologists and Indigenous community members. This research provides a starting point to develop creative and sustainable relationships that meet the complex needs of large scale consulting archaeology.

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Minding the Ideological Gap in Consulting Archaeology. James Herbert, Sean P. Connaughton. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395300)

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