Decolonizing the Practice of Archaeology through Collaboration and Community Engagement: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned

Author(s): Heather N Atherton; Kelly M Britt

Year: 2018

Summary

Collaboration or Consultation—while both terms involve working with stakeholders; consultation implies a formulaic, reactionary response or product that can produce negative connotations. In contrast,collaboration suggests a voluntary, shared method and a mutual goal, invoking more positive associations.  Within archaeology, collaboration is not a new practice.  Yet the task of decolonizing the practice of archaeology within academia and the public sector is easier said than done.  Through lessons learned and best-practices, this poster tackles the challenges of engaging in an archaeological practice that is collaborative and dialectic.  Issues we seek to address include collaborative successes, failures, resolutions to contentious situations, and the theoretical underpinnings of engaging with community and public archaeologies in various sectors of employment including federal compliance, cultural resource management, education and museum-based institutions. 

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Decolonizing the Practice of Archaeology through Collaboration and Community Engagement: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned. Heather N Atherton, Kelly M Britt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441678)

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