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Considering the Possibilities of an 'Urban Public Archaeology': The Findings of a 60-Year Retrospective of Public Archaeology in the City of Philadelphia

Author(s): Patrice L Jeppson

Year: 2016

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In practice, and in scholarly debate, historical archaeologists pursue urban archaeology either as the archaeology ‘of cities’ or as archaeology that is done ‘in cities’. Likewise, in practice and scholarly debate, there is variation and divergence in the definitions and terminologies related to what 'Public Archaeology' is and what it does. Drawing on the dynamic, diverse, innovative, and usually long history of public outreach and engagement in the city of Philadelphia, this talk -- part of a symposium on Urban Archaeology in Philadelphia – considers some new questions: Is there such as thing as an Urban Public Archaeology? If yes, what is it, and how and why is it different from public archaeology undertaken in a non-urban setting? Are there urban public archaeology methodologies? This retrospective ends with a renewed call to action for Philadelphia area archaeologists operating publicly as part of, or digging into, the city's urban condition.

 


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Considering the Possibilities of an 'Urban Public Archaeology': The Findings of a 60-Year Retrospective of Public Archaeology in the City of Philadelphia. Patrice L Jeppson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435074)


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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): 598

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