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Historic Sites and Possible Worlds: Narrative-Building at Two Sites of African American History

Author(s): Patricia G Markert

Year: 2016

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Kate Gregory and Andrea Witcomb refer to the narratives of place and history that are created when people visit heritage sites as "possible worlds" – the mental and physical spaces where history is then grappled with, conceptualized, and understood.  This paper considers two sites of African American history where archaeology has been conducted over the past five years, Timbuctoo, NJ and the Sellman Tenant House at SERC in Edgewater, MD, and explores the way narratives around these historic sites are created and understood by different stakeholders.  Further, it questions how places are able to tell their own stories, and how archaeology can lend to a more inclusive narrative-building at historic sites as they are visited by the public.


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Historic Sites and Possible Worlds: Narrative-Building at Two Sites of African American History. Patricia G Markert. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434820)


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