More than Bricks and Mortar


in Beneath the Ivory Tower

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039602 | DOI:
More than Bricks and Mortar

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Community archaeology is a form of public archaeology and shares some concerns with indigenous archaeology, reflexive archaeology, and efforts to decolonize archaeology. What sets community archaeology apart from other public archaeology is that the community retains partial control of all aspects of the project, from planning stages through curation and post-fieldwork activities. This was certainly the case with the Saints' Rest project, as archaeologists shared control of various aspects of the project with key community groups. Sharing control in community archaeology requires developing more interpersonal relationships and working with many more members of the community than in most traditional archaeology. In addition to having traditional field skills, archaeologists may collaborate with local organizations, provide field and museum training, interview community members, and develop tourism. This chapter explores the role of archaeologists and their attendant ethical concerns through the window of Saints' Rest.

Keywords: community archaeology; public archaeology; Saints' Rest; community groups; local organizations; archaeologists; ethical concerns

Chapter.  5986 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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