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Case Studies in Archaeology I

Heritage Changes PlaceCo-Construction and Community Based Heritage
Heritage changes placeCo-construction of heritageCommunity-based heritageHeritage makers
Regular session
9:00, Monday 6 Jun 2016 (6 hours)
In addressing the theme of this conference, we argue that archaeology, above and beyond the traditional goals of research and post-excavation analyses, may contribute to economic development, education and the creation of identities and communities. Our session "What does Heritage Change? Case Studies in Archaeology," is divided into two themes starting with archaeological practice through its legislation and management. Contract or commercial archaeology increasingly comprises the vast majority of archaeological practice in North America and Western Europe, and the legislation and management of buried heritage is a key part of the archaeological process, regardless of planned outcomes. Heritage sites are managed by multiple forms and branches of legislation at the local, regional, provincial/state and national levels. Competing and at times conflicting interests, poor funding and weak legislation may hinder the proper integration of archaeological heritage in the planning and management of cities, First Nations lands, outlying regions slated for development and parklands. Case studies from a variety of regions will examine and discuss some of these shared challenges while also highlighting archaeological success stories.
The second part of this session addresses potential outcomes in archaeology above and beyond the tourist sector. Archaeology can be an important and, at times, contested method used in the interpretation of past communities and identities. Furthermore, as a vehicle to encourage dialogue, archaeology can be used to address disputed notions about the past, and as a powerful means of its appropriation.  The diverse and multidisciplinary nature of current archaeological practices also creates opportunities to encourage education in communities facing socio-economic challenges. Examples presented in the second part of this session explore archaeology and its role in education, community building and identity.
CELAT, Université Laval
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Université Laval, Département des sciences historiques, Canada
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