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Collaboration in Archaeological Practice: Engaging Descendant Communities - Archaeology in Society (Hardback)
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Collaboration in Archaeological Practice: Engaging Descendant Communities - Archaeology in Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 28/11/2007
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In Collaboration in Archaeological Practice, prominent archaeologists reflect on their experiences collaborating with descendant communities (peoples whose ancestors are the subject of archaeological research). They offer philosophical and practical advice on how to improve the practice of archaeology by actively involving native peoples and other interested groups in research.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759110533
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 26 mm


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Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Ferguson have produced a provocative, insightful, and forward-looking book of international scope that has tremendous relevance for indigenous peoples and the archaeologists who work with and for them. In an era when archaeologists still struggle with the relevance of the past for the present, with making their work both responsive and responsible, this volume reveals just how important and successful that process can be. Its impact will be palpable, inspiring current and future researchers and community members to create mutually beneficial collaborative archaeologies. -- Stephen W. Silliman, associate professor of anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
This book deals explicitly with a topic that archaeologists have long avoided or dealt with implicitly. The relationships between archaeologists and the communities with whom they work are here discussed in refreshing ways by an exciting set of distinguished authors. They demonstrate the wider changes in the discipline resulting from an explicit approach that takes collaboration seriously. -- Ian Hodder, Stanford University
Recommended. * CHOICE *
The volume successfully fulfills the editors' aims set out in the introduction: 'to fill a gap in the current literature...[by providing] a theoretical perspective and broad interrogation of collaboration's multiplex applications.' * Collaborative Anthropologies *
Collaboration in Archaeological Practice is a particularly relevant and important collection of essays. Indigenous voices are prominent throughout the book, in the selection of authors as well as the discussions concerning the participation of local representatives, which are integral to any truly collaborative research project. There is a great deal of useful and thought-provoking information relevant to any researcher engaged in archaeological and/or ethnographic fieldwork, no matter the location. Collaboration in Archaeological Practice is reflective of the recent sea-change in research across disciplinary boundaries that recognizes the importance and agency of indigenous voices. The book is a welcome and useful addition for anyone involved in, or even considering, field research. -- Christopher Slogar * H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online *
This book is precisely what is needed in archaeology at this juncture. As interest in collaborative research grows, there are few tangible examples out there that provide ideas to someone unfamiliar with collaboration in archaeology, even fewer that are appropriately theoretically engaged. This book helps to bridge that gap. It offers a global view that includes both indigenous and non-indigenous communities from a range of temporal and geographic contexts. For anyone interested in exploring collaborative research-academics, professional archaeologists, students, and communities-this book should be at the top of your reading list. -- Sonya Atalay, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University
Collaboration in Archaeological Practice is a particularly relevant and important colelction of essays that describes the major theoretical, methodological, ethical, and practical issues surrounding the emergent field of collaborative archaeology. There is a great deal of useful and thought-provoking information relevant to any researcher engaged in archaeological and/or ethnographic fieldwork, no matter the location. -- Christopher Slogar * H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, April 2009 *
Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and T. J. Ferguson's book adds to the literature on collaboration in the field of archaeology. It contributes directly to what is currently a very critical aspect of scholarship and teaching in archaeology as it focuses centrally on collaborative experiences from a range of temporal and geographic contexts. Discussions within archaeology about the need for collaboration abound, but few books discuss the range of positive and negative experiences of working with both indigenous and non-indigenous groups that are presented in this volume. Cowell-Chanthaphonh and Ferguson have produced a well-organized edited volume that is enjoyable to read, and covers critical topics in the right amount of detail. It is appropraite for multiple audiences, including academic and non-academic readers. * Museum Anthropology, Fall 2009 *

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