When questions and answers really count: historical archaeology, conflict resolution, and sustainability
In 1988, the questions that really counted in historical archaeology were those which challenged practitioners to be honest about theoretical standpoints, consistent in the application of methods, and increasingly interdisciplinary in approach. While clearly still fundamental, these aspects of practice are now more often viewed in relation to a far more challenging, yet basic, question: what is the relevance of historical archaeology in the contemporary world? In our paper, we will consider the importance (or lack thereof) of historical archaeology to local identities and communities, the role historical archaeology is playing in peace and reconciliation in post-conflict societies, and the challenges of integrating archaeological practice with sustainable development. Examples will be principally drawn from our work as part of IASC (Integrating Archaeology and Sustainable Communities), which is focusing on the north of Ireland and the Scottish Isles, and the discussion placed in a global context.
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When questions and answers really count: historical archaeology, conflict resolution, and sustainability. Colin Breen, Audrey Horning. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436624)
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