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Bone Lickers, Grave Diggers, and Other Unsavory Characters: Archaeologists, Archaeological Cultures, and the Disconnect from Native Peoples

Joe Watkins

in The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195380118
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195380118.013.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Bone Lickers, Grave Diggers, and Other Unsavory Characters: Archaeologists, Archaeological Cultures, and the Disconnect from Native Peoples

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In spite of its close contact with the material culture of native North Americans, archaeology in North America has historically been divorced from the living inhabitants of the continent. This relationship has been strained from the beginning, but especially so during the 1970s, when “Red Power” injected itself into the archaeological process. There is still an uneasy “truce” between American Indians and archaeologists, but the relationship seems to be growing stronger in general. This article explores some of the issues facing American Indians and archaeologists as each group explores archaeology's relevance, validity, and value.

Keywords: North Americans; archaeological process; American Indians; archaeologists; archaeological cultures; grave diggers

Article.  3156 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of North America

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