Revolution or Fad: Perspectives on Community Engagement in Archaeology

Author(s): M. Jay Stottman

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "Community Archaeology in 2020: Conventional or Revolutionary?" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Over the last twenty years community engagement has become more prominent if not mainstream in archaeology, perhaps to the point that our concept of community archaeology has become generalized. In this paper I will examine the concept of community archaeology, its theoretical underpinnings as activist archaeology and the methods used in its practice. Furthermore I will explore the current state of community archaeology as a popular phenomenon within academia and CRM and whether it is a revolution that is transforming archaeology or just a passing fad. I will present examples illustrating the failures and potential of community engagement within archaeology, drawing on my own experiences negotiating concepts of community archaeology in both academia and CRM.

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Revolution or Fad: Perspectives on Community Engagement in Archaeology. M. Jay Stottman. 2020 ( tDAR id: 456902)

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