Archaeology, Education, and Heritage Management in Bates County, Missouri

Author(s): Ann M. Raab

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The Public and Our Communities: How to Present Engaging Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

For the past ten years, archaeological research in rural Bates County, Missouri has uncovered the hidden histories of the unique Civil War landscape located on the Missouri/Kansas border. Through an examination of farmsteads in the path of the destruction of General Order No. 11, as well as the site of the first engagement of African Americans in the Civil War, archaeology has brought members of the Bates County community into closer contact with their heritage. This presentation will discuss how a combination of archaeological field schools, Visitor’s Days, lecture programs, and teacher training programs have allowed students and teachers to gain education and experience in the field of archaeology and heritage management. In addition, the community has come to understand the importance of local museums and other historical organizations, and the need for active involvement in cultural preservation.

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Archaeology, Education, and Heritage Management in Bates County, Missouri. Ann M. Raab. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449046)


Education Engagement heritage

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th century (Civil War)

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 100