What Questions Must be Asked to Engage Africans in Their Pasts?

Author(s): Asmeret Mehari

Year: 2014


A beginning question for the practice of archaeology in Africa in the future is how has Historical Archaeology been presented in classrooms and field schools thus far? Thus far Historical Archaeology is simply presented as a module in methodological approaches in archaeology. It is rarely if ever taught within field school settings. A key question for the future is how should Historical Archaeology be taught in African Universities and how might it be integrated with the teaching and practice of archaeologies that focus almost exclusively on deep time? Even more fundamentally, is it important that Historical Archaeology be taught and practiced in African universities? If so, what role if any can it play in introducing a greater awareness of historical archaeology can contribute to community well-being and development?

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What Questions Must be Asked to Engage Africans in Their Pasts?. Asmeret Mehari. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436633)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): SYM-7,23