American Disruptive Archaeologies: The Theory and Practice of Punk

Author(s): Andrew D. Reinhard

Year: 2015


In my presentation, I will look at the five most common tenets of Punk Archaeology as an approach to Public Archaeology, citing contemporary examples of each within an American context:

• Apply a do-it-yourself (DIY) aesthetic to archaeology projects, especially when funding, personnel, and other kinds of support are lacking.

• Study marginalized archaeologies, and conduct the archaeology of cultures and places eschewed by the Academy.

• Study the history and archaeology of Punk and Punk places.

• Engage in actively communicating to and involving the public in all aspects/phases of archaeology.

• Promote a spirit of cooperation and sharing of tools, data, and other resources with all other archaeologists, Punk or not.

I would argue that Punk Archaeology has already progressed well beyond theory and is in active practice in the U.S., even though some of its most ardent practitioners might remain ignorant of this neologism.

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American Disruptive Archaeologies: The Theory and Practice of Punk. Andrew D. Reinhard. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434165)

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DIY punk Theory

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 596