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All of the Above: Public Archeology and Outreach at Independence National Historical Park

Author(s): Jeffrey Collins ; Patrice L Jeppson ; Jed Levin

Year: 2016

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Public outreach has been part of the archeological research conducted by Independence National Historical Park since the inception of such studies more fifty years ago. These early efforts, by pioneers like Paul Schumacher, John Cotter, and Barbara Liggett at sites like Independence Square and Franklin Court, serve as the foundation for the park's current program of public archeology. Today, the practice of archeology in the park both serves and is shaped by diverse and distinct communities of interest. This paper will review examples of the public's engagement with three recent park projects: the President's House Site, the James Oronoco Dexter Site, and the National Constitution Center Site. We will examine how various communities of activists, artists, academics, and others found meaning through engagement with archeological products and practice.


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All of the Above: Public Archeology and Outreach at Independence National Historical Park. Jeffrey Collins, Patrice L Jeppson, Jed Levin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434595)


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PaperId(s): 585

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