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Museum archaeology in the United States: refocusing research questions and updating methodologies alongside NAGPRA

Author(s): Patricia Capone

Year: 2016

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Collections in museums are components of refocusing and revising archaeological interpretation in the United States alongside the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Review of collections as prompted by NAGPRA is improving documentation and interpretation of those collections subject to the Act and beyond, across sites and regions. Previously incomplete archaeological contexts may be refined and these bring potential for updated research questions and methodologies. A selected summary of recent projects highlights the benefits of improved collections documentation, consultation involving multiple perspectives on collections and research questions, and the potential for shaping methodological advances and analytical techniques toward updated research questions. Each of these benefits enhances the public relevance of archaeological research and education.


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Museum archaeology in the United States: refocusing research questions and updating methodologies alongside NAGPRA. Patricia Capone. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404082)


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