Practicing Community Archaeology in Shaker Heights, OH

Author(s): Elizabeth Hoag; Ware Petznick

Year: 2018


For three summers, the Shaker Historical Society has been sponsoring a community-based archaeology experience primarily geared for elementary and middle-school aged children. Excavations at two local historical sites have helped to teach these students about their local history, and the importance of archaeology and preservation in their own communities. In this paper we highlight the work we have done, and the outcomes for our students and the larger preservation work it generated in the community. Targeting undeveloped land in the first-ring garden city suburb of Shaker Heights is not an easy task. Through our program we have demonstrated the archaeological potential of small, undeveloped parcels of land in the city, and showed politicians and residents the importance of such work. In doing so we have gained new insights into the local history of the area.

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Practicing Community Archaeology in Shaker Heights, OH. Elizabeth Hoag, Ware Petznick. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441523)

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Spatial Coverage

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): 1105