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"It comes from gathering": Collaborative Archaeology and Future Directions

Author(s): Meredith Chesson

Year: 2017

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This session interrogates the practice, theoretical foundations, and outcomes of collaborative archaeology, and explores how collaborators are transforming our discipline today. Today’s papers demonstrate how collaborative archaeology offers epistemological resources that traditional, public and even community archaeology cannot provide, and how collaborative approaches force us to reexamine the disciplinary goals, practices, and outcomes of archaeological practice widely. We have divided the session papers into three broad themes: (1) Service: Working for Communities, Not on Them, (2) Conflict Resolution and Archaeological Engagement, and (3) Redefining the Discipline of Archaeology. As an example, I briefly present ethnoarchaeological research on homemaking on the islands of Inishark, Inishturk, and Inishbofin in western Ireland, highlighting how the documentation of delph, dressers, and shop ledgers serves these communities in preserving and celebrating island heritage today.

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"It comes from gathering": Collaborative Archaeology and Future Directions. Meredith Chesson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431543)


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Abstract Id(s): 14809

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