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Working Toward an Activist Landscape Archaeology

Author(s): Becca Peixotto

Year: 2013

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Landscape archaeologies in the United States and Europe encompass diverse goals, scales and scopes allowing many perspectives to emerge from the archaeological study of related sites. This paper explores ways in which US-based scholars could draw upon approaches and theories from across the Atlantic to move toward an activist landscape archaeology that engages descendant communities, the public, and land managers through a focus on how people have interacted with and within a broad regional landscape since the emergence of global capitalism. Using archaeological case studies such as the remote wetlands of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina, the paper discusses the possibilities of employing landscape-oriented archaeology to affect change in the way various stakeholders view their relationships with each other, their historical predecessors, and the landscape itself.

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Working Toward an Activist Landscape Archaeology. Becca Peixotto. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428530)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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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