Research, Representation, Redemption, and Repatriation

Archaeology and community relationships in 21st-century America

Authored by: Joe Watkins

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415583954
eBook ISBN: 9781315743950
Adobe ISBN: 9781317590675


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This chapter looks at the field of archaeology and the many publics who maintain an active interest in the study of the past. Historically, archaeology maintained an academic interest that often precluded the perspectives of the populations who had a direct relationship with the material culture unearthed by archaeologists. It really was not until the active participation of the federal government in protecting America’s cultural heritage that archaeologists were required to share the archaeological enterprise. While heritage management, community participation, and archaeology as a humanistic scientific enterprise are at a nexus globally, this chapter will focus primarily on the situation as it exists in the United States.

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