A Reflexive Paradigm: Improving Understanding of our Shared Human Heritage

Author(s): Brandi Carrier; Dave Ball

Year: 2018


BOEM’s historic preservation program is based in stewardship, science-informed decisions, and scientific integrity. To achieve these values, we utilize best practices of inclusiveness in our community science programs. By actively seeking varied ways of knowing, e.g, traditional knowledge and landscape approaches, we allow for concurrent historic contexts to be defined and understood at various scales. Considering our jurisdiction covers 1.76 billion acres of submerged federal lands, these approaches can profoundly alter our understanding of place, uniting individuals of highly disparate backgrounds, and improving appreciation of our shared human heritage. In the near term, they protect against short-sighted budgetary "solutions." In the longer term, archaeology performed in this way can address historical traumas, embody multiple ways of knowing, and improve the science as a whole. This paper will highlight studies recently completed and ongoing, and provide examples of the importance, value, and challenges surrounding public archaeology, as we have experienced it.

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A Reflexive Paradigm: Improving Understanding of our Shared Human Heritage. Brandi Carrier, Dave Ball. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441399)

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 291