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Who Speaks for the Archaeological Record?: A Media Analysis of Canadian Archaeology

Author(s): Matthew A. Beaudoin

Year: 2016

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Archaeology is often conducted under the pretense of being to protect archaeological resources for the good of the general public; however, it is not always clear how archaeological excavations and research serve the public interest. There are many examples of how the Canadian public is interested in the archaeological discipline, but the voice of the academic archaeologist is often absent within public discussions of archaeology and history. By conducting a media analysis of how archaeology is presented to the Canadian public, this paper demonstrates that the archaeological narrative is often appropriated by the message of the colonial governments for their own political agendas. The appropriation of the archaeological voice has significant consequences for the the general public, as well as the archaeological community.

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Who Speaks for the Archaeological Record?: A Media Analysis of Canadian Archaeology. Matthew A. Beaudoin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434803)


Colonialism Governmentality Media

Geographic Keywords
Canada North America

Temporal Keywords
19th and 20th centuries

Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

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PaperId(s): 912

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