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Sharing the Interpretive Center at Colonial Williamsburg: Archaeologists, Historical Interpreters, and Descendant Communities

Author(s): Meredith M. Poole ; Ywone Edwards-Ingram

Year: 2015

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Archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg has always involved African Americans in different levels of its practice.  Members of this community have worked behind-the-scenes and in more public roles at the museum since its founding in the late 1920s. This presentation addresses the unique ways in which archaeologists have worked with African Americans, and how this interaction has allowed archaeologists to reach descendant communities.  Examples from past and ongoing activities are used to illustrate the dynamism of sharing both space and authority through direct engagements, such as field school excavations and slave-site projects, and secondary alliances including forums, open-houses, exhibits, commemorations, and training sessions. Particular focus is given to ways in which archaeologists have heightened their discipline’s influence, moving it from the periphery of frontline interaction to more central and direct roles in the museum's public education.   


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Sharing the Interpretive Center at Colonial Williamsburg: Archaeologists, Historical Interpreters, and Descendant Communities. Meredith M. Poole, Ywone Edwards-Ingram. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433839)


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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): 431

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