Researching an African American Founder With the Help of One of Historical Archaeology’s Founders

Author(s): Patrice L Jeppson

Year: 2017

Summary

This Robert Schuyler-dedicated Symposium paper considers three of Schuyler’s contributions to the field—his reflections on historical archaeology’s potential for the study of American national identity as a cultural and evolving process (1971, 1976), his call for an awareness of the importance of cultural context in archaeology research (1973), and his writing about the importance of conducting historical ethnography (1988). These foundational ideas shaping historical archaeology practice are then examined in a recent public archaeology project that is helping to interpret African American archaeology in Independence National Historical Park. The project engages African American college students in crafting archaeology-based history narratives useful for navigating a 3D, immersive, virtual landscape based in the Oculous Rift platform. This ‘user-centered’ navigation of the archaeological findings should better reveal the social role and life experiences of free African Americans in the earliest days of the country.

Cite this Record

Researching an African American Founder With the Help of One of Historical Archaeology’s Founders. Patrice L Jeppson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435268)

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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): 710