Accessiblity and Crisis: Building a More Inclusive Archaeology Through Existing Collections
Author(s): Margaret Hames
This is an abstract from the session entitled "Where Accessibility and Inclusion Meet: Archaeology in the Age of Covid and Beyond" , at the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
Archaeology is facing several significant challenges at present. As it seeks to grapple with the legacy of its past, it requires new approaches and methodologies to remain viable, inclusive, and accessible. One of the ways we might accomplish this is through the use of novel research with existing collections. This simultaneously seeks to address the curation crisis facing the field while also creating an archaeology that is less ableist and exclusionary. In other words, by removing the requirement of field work, those who are disabled, LGBTQ, BIPOC, or otherwise unable to undertake field work are able to carry out research in a manner that is safer, more accessible and more inclusive, while also alleviating the rapidly growing curation crisis. COVID-19 becomes an unlikely but ideal scenerio to put these methodologies to the test, providing a glimpse into the possible future of the discipline.
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Accessiblity and Crisis: Building a More Inclusive Archaeology Through Existing Collections. Margaret Hames. 2021 ( tDAR id: 459456)
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