Malleable Minds: The Importance of Flexibility in Developing Research Designs

Author(s): Jeremy Brunette; Matthew Douglass; Zachary Day

Year: 2016


In academic and compliance archaeologies alike, a standard first step in the development of project goals is the identification of a research question. This often happens at the time a project is first proposed and the methodological and theoretical perspectives that will guide the study are thus established long before actual research begins. Here we examine the role of research questions in CRM projects through a study at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma. Despite early research design, on the ground realities quickly demonstrated the importance of the former town site of Sulphur Springs, Indian Territory that is found within the park’s boundaries. Flexibility, rather than strict adherence to a predefined research question provided an opportunity to build both research and compliance capacity into a CRM project and transformed a small project into something that served both archaeological and public outreach requirements.

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Malleable Minds: The Importance of Flexibility in Developing Research Designs. Jeremy Brunette, Matthew Douglass, Zachary Day. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434826)

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

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