Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: The Alienating Narrative

Author(s): Jesse Pagels

Year: 2015


This paper examines the possibility of using the narrative form to expand the ways by which the archaeological record can be interpreted. Narrative archaeology has become a prominent mode of academic communication within the discipline. The acceptance of this stylistic format creates a space where narrations alienating effect can be used as a tool so to better understand the alienation colonial encounters produce in the past. This is not to say that all standard manner of archaeological representation should be abandoned, for among the many charts, pictures, graphs, &c., that populate archaeological research, the narrative form may serve to bring so many data sets to life while helping to illuminate unforeseen gaps and pose new questions.

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Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: The Alienating Narrative. Jesse Pagels. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396818)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;