Archaeologist-Collector Collaborations in the San Luis Valley: A Case Study

Author(s): Nikki Mills

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This research project explores the ways in which the professional world of archaeology clashes with collectors, and how understanding both domains is vital to furthering knowledge of the past. By combining methods of collaboration as well as ethnohistory and field methodologies, professionals and other stewards of the past can retro-actively document sites through private collections and collection stories. This project serves as a case study for this type of collaboration working specifically in the San Luis Valley. In partnership with a private collector, four new sites on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge were recorded. When, as in this case, collectors are "responsible, responsive stewards", according to the language and ethical standards set forth by the SAA Archaeologist-Collector Collaboration Interest Group, they prove to be integral partners in the discipline. By developing methodology and opening communication lines between professionals and other ethical stewards of the past, we can learn so much more about the past. 

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Archaeologist-Collector Collaborations in the San Luis Valley: A Case Study. Nikki Mills. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450227)

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min long: -168.574; min lat: 7.014 ; max long: -54.844; max lat: 74.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 23713