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Working on the Edge, Dealing with the Core: Emic and Etic perspectives on Island Heritage

Author(s): Katherine E Shakour ; Ian Kuijt

Year: 2016

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Heritage is a relative concept. Perceptions of the value and importance of heritage, both tangible and intangible, is fluid, changing and contextually dependent. Stakeholders have various views on definitions of the past, the cultural and historical relevance of people places and objects, and the extent to which this should be shared when creating multivocal histories. Research on Inishark and Inishbofin, Co. Galway, Ireland, two islands five miles into the Atlantic Ocean, explain the complexities of shifting perspectives of heritage. This project illustrates the collaborative yet challenging relationship between archaeologists, local communities, governmental agencies and the National Museum. Combining archaeological research with local and national heritage goals results in a richer understanding of the past and ample opportunities for shaping heritage. This project highlights challenges in developing a shared language between stakeholders, developing policies of heritage management, and contested views of authority and what it means to live on the "periphery."

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Working on the Edge, Dealing with the Core: Emic and Etic perspectives on Island Heritage. Katherine E Shakour, Ian Kuijt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434553)


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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): 707

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