Grounding Futures in Pasts: Eastern Pequot Community Archaeology in Connecticut


Collaborations between archaeologists and Native communities have expanded significantly in the past 20 years. For most, this is recognized as an important and healthy development on methodological, theoretical, practical, and political grounds, especially when anchored deeply in the communities themselves and designed to address political as well as professional issues. We have worked together in different capacities for more than 13 years on the Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School, a joint venture between the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation and the University of Massachusetts Boston, to find ways to better orient archaeology to contemporary heritage and political concerns, community participation across generations, land management, and historical and cultural preservation. This effort has involved an equal emphasis on both process and product; careful attention to the linking of methods and materials with local knowledge and social memory; and a comparative and ever-changing perspective on the potentials and pitfalls of collaborative practice.

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Grounding Futures in Pasts: Eastern Pequot Community Archaeology in Connecticut. Katherine Sebastian Dring, Stephen Silliman, Natasha Gambrell, Ralph Sebastian Sidberry. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431549)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16479