Archaeological Repositories in British Columbia

Author(s): Genevieve Hill

Year: 2017


This paper will begin examining the historical context for the development of archaeological repositories in BC, and the changing role they have played. Commercial archaeologists have, of late, regarded repositories in British Columbia as an afterthought, though this was not always the case. A review of the original stakeholders, and goals of archaeological bodies in BC's past will shed light on where we find ourselves and where we should be headed.

The second half of the paper will examine the changing role of repositories in light of their various responsibilities, obligations, and goals. Recent calls by the provincial government for repatriation of archaeological and cultural material to their home communities have begun to influence repository practice in BC. What might BC's archaeological repositories look like in the future? And how can repositories, First Nations, and archaeologists work effectively together to achieve these new goals?

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Archaeological Repositories in British Columbia. Genevieve Hill. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430359)

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