Geo-locating Community Memory and Archaeological Heritage Via an Adaptive App

Author(s): Jun Sunseri

Year: 2018


The New Mexican dicho "cada cabeza es un mundo," is especially true as hordes of tourists, academics, and others descend on rural northern communities and misunderstandings erupt between keepers of heritage places and those for whom those spaces are invisible. As the result of community-engaged archaeology, partnered research into historically-silenced pasts has led to expanding mandates for project deliverables. One innovation is the development of a smartphone-based historical tour for which both internal and external versions may have utility. Available offline and triggered by users’ arrival at various, approved locations on community lands, different users (visitor and community versions) will have access to co-crafted and community-vetted narratives about the past and their roles in the present. Rather than relying on all to carry or understand the same perspectives within their heads, the sounds, tellings, presence, and experiences of heritage may well be aided from what is in one’s hand.

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Geo-locating Community Memory and Archaeological Heritage Via an Adaptive App. Jun Sunseri. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441878)

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): 810