Breaking the untold rule: community archaeology a bond of people and information

Author(s): Cristina Franco

Year: 2015


The relationship between the academia and non-academic individuals is often challenging, as there are tensions between who owns the power to produce knowledge. Citizen science is breaking this untold rule by incorporating the communities, fostering interactions that help transform segregated relationships. Recovery of knowledge from traditional and local perspectives has shown that individuals and communities hold very valuable, deep knowledge regarding their specific surroundings and daily life. In community archaeology the line that separates the archaeologist and the community is blurred, permitting the development of bonds between people that stimulates sharing of information. When information is shared knowledge grows and can inspire teaching others, permitting the formation of strong bonds between the groups sharing it. With the creation of information flows from multiple perspectives, it is possible to reach a better understanding of the topic at hand. These interactions not only benefit the research at the academic stage, but can also enrich the personal development of all the parties involved. In this presentation I shall be discussing these ideas of interaction between academic and community environments, from a personal perspective, including possible doubts and benefits, and how both communities and researchers can both develop relationships starting from equality.

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Breaking the untold rule: community archaeology a bond of people and information. Cristina Franco. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395884)


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