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Archaeology, Shadowed Pasts, and the Making of Heritage

Author(s): Bonnie J. Clark

Year: 2015

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As Laurajane Smith contents, heritage is not a series of sites, but of practices. Practioners of contemporary archaeology are lodged firmly in that practice, participating through the data we uncover, the stakeholders we engage, and even the media attention we draw to particular historic events but not others.  The archaeology of Amache, the site of a World War II-era Japanese American internment camp, is a long-term, community-based project focused on a past that has often been muted in historical discourse.  As such the project provides a case study of how contemporary archaeology can contribute to the making and remaking of heritage.  It does so not only through researching the tangible record, but perhaps even more importantly through the dialogue the archaeology has enabled. 

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Archaeology, Shadowed Pasts, and the Making of Heritage. Bonnie J. Clark. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433742)


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

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PaperId(s): 200

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