Inclusivity in Underwater Archaeology: Understanding Barriers and Offering Solutions


This is an abstract from the session entitled "What’s in a Name? Discussions of Terminology, Theory and Infrastructure of Citizen Science in Maritime Archaeology" , at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The lack of broad representation in the archaeological community has been well documented and acknowledged over the last several decades. Recent social upheavals in the United States have rightly drawn renewed attention to this issue and, as a result, many organizations, agencies, and academic institutions have made new commitments to broad inclusivity. Without diminishing issues of representation in archaeology generally, it is worth acknowledging that underwater archaeology has additional barriers to participation for aspiring professionals and community stakeholders. This paper examines challenges to inclusivity unique to underwater archaeology, focusing on both knowledge and skills-based issues. Representing a range of experiences, the authors offer solutions for overcoming these barriers through case studies from their work to create a more inclusive discipline.

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Inclusivity in Underwater Archaeology: Understanding Barriers and Offering Solutions. Nicole Bucchino Grinnan, Ashley Lemke, Jay V. Haigler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Philadelphia, PA. 2022 ( tDAR id: 469665)

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