AAA Annual Meeting Program

AAA Annual Meeting Program Details

Session Information:
This session may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists     Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges     Students  Students
Program Number: 3-0825
Type: Session
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): MEREDITH CHESSON (University of Notre Dame), MORAG KERSEL (DePaul University) 
Chair(s): MORAG KERSEL (DePaul University) 
1:45 PM: INTRODUCTION: MEREDITH CHESSON (University of Notre Dame)  
2:15 PM: BRYN WILLIAMS -- From Square Holes to City Hall: Community Archaeology in Pacific Grove  
2:30 PM: WILLIAM DOELLE (Desert Archaeology) -- From Apple Pie to Road Kill in Tucson: When Politics Runs Over Your Community-Based Project  
2:45 PM: DIANA DYSTE ANZURES (University of California-Santa Barbara / United States Forest Service) -- Counterstories of Resilience: Archaeology, Knowledge Production, and the Politics of Collaboration  
3:00 PM: DISCUSSANT: CAROL MCDAVID (University of Houston / Rice University)  
3:45 PM: JEFFREY FLEISHER (Rice University), STEPHANIE WYNNE-JONES (British Institute in East Africa) -- Retaining the Ancestors: Architectural Conservation and Community Archaeology at Songo Mnara, Tanzania  
4:00 PM: MARK SCHURR -- Public Archaeology at Collier Lodge  
4:15 PM: LYNN RAINVILLE (Sweet Briar College) -- Living Communities; Dead Ancestors: Sharing Information About African American Graveyards in Virginia  
4:30 PM: IAN KUIJT -- Voices of the Past-Perspectives on the Present: Community Partnership and Research on Inisairc, Co. Galway, Ireland  
4:45 PM: MORAG KERSEL (DePaul University), MEREDITH CHESSON (University of Notrd Dame) -- Objects of Inquiry – Inquiry Into Objects: Local Looters and the Dead Sea Early Bronze Age Mortuary Landscape  
5:00 PM: DISCUSSANT: K ANNE PYBURN (Indiana University)  
5:30 PM: End of Session
Abstract: Over the last decade, many archaeologists have forged diverse pathways and methodologies under the rubric of community archaeology. Effective community involvement in archaeological can take on a variety of practices, often following traditional educational models but sometimes employing creative initiatives, with unexpected audiences. This session gathers together researchers actively involved in community archaeology projects that expand the traditional approaches and scopes outlined by Tully (2007). The projects highlighted in this session share a common theme: they all have pushed researchers to address issues and challenges that they never dreamed would be involved in archaeological practice, forcing them to think “outside the box” when engaging with their communities. If one of the underlying principles of community archaeology rests in the belief that forging partnerships in communities makes for better archaeology, then all of these projects have found themselves cultivating and encouraging partnerships with unlikely groups of stakeholders, embracing the involvement of varying skilled and aged workers, and striving to negotiate worldviews and belief systems that attribute to the often negative consequences to the very practice of archaeology. In organizing this session, we strive to gather people together to explore the diversity of what community archaeology means in as broad a spectrum as possible in order to offer new insights and new voices into this dynamic and increasingly integral subdiscipline in archaeology.


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