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Objects and Voices: Conversations about artifacts, memory, and meaning with the former residents of Timbuctoo, NJ

Author(s): Patricia G Markert

Year: 2015

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Today’s historical archaeology places significant emphasis on the value and necessity of working with communities to create knowledge, and making that knowledge both useful and accessible to the public.  Oral history has risen as a forefront method for this co-production of knowledge, allowing for voices beyond those of academics to be heard in the telling (and re-telling) of history.  As historical archaeologists, we are just beginning to explore novel ways of incorporating oral history and the voices of descendent communities into the various stages of archaeological practice.  Engaging in these dialogues has the potential to create a multivocal and relevant archaeology not just in the field, but in the collaborative analysis and dissemination of our research.  This paper explores the use of oral history in the interpretation and curation of artifacts from three field seasons at Timbuctoo, NJ, in an ongoing collaboration between archaeologists and the former residents of Timbuctoo.


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Objects and Voices: Conversations about artifacts, memory, and meaning with the former residents of Timbuctoo, NJ. Patricia G Markert. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434086)


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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): 527

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