On Indigeneity: Are Greenham Women Indigenous to Greenham Common

Author(s): Yvonne M Marshall

Year: 2013


I firmly believe in open-ended research because profound insights unrelated to stated objectives can arise from research projects. This paper explores the nature of indigeneity in our modern world of trans-nationals and international commuters, of being everywhere and nowhere, using the unlikely forum of a modest archaeological research project focusing on the Greenham Common Peace Women’s protests of 1982-1995. Indigeneity is conventionally understood as a relationship to place, or as a property of persons such as blood or genes. Although we do not use the term indigenous with reference to artefacts, we commonly define archaeological objects of study in these same ways. My work at Greenham has led me to question such definitions, and pointed me instead to indigeneity as effect rather than essence, as emergent rather than intrinsically present, as inviting transformation rather than encapsulation - not only with respect to people but also archaeological objects of study. 

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On Indigeneity: Are Greenham Women Indigenous to Greenham Common. Yvonne M Marshall. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428255)

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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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