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Beneath the Ivory TowerThe Archaeology of Academia$
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Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034225

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034225.001.0001

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More than Bricks and Mortar

More than Bricks and Mortar

A Story of Community Archaeology

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Beneath the Ivory Tower


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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

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