Private Property, Public Archaeology: Resident Communities As Stakeholders In American Archaeology

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Alice Wright Ph.D, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: In the United States, archaeological sites on private lands have few legal protections, and are thus at risk of damage or destruction. To alleviate these risks, archaeologists must engage thoughtfully with private property owners and develop strategies to promote site stewardship. In this article, I identify the resident community – those people who live on archaeological sites, regardless of their ancestral ties to those sites- as an important stakeholder in archaeology. Based on recent fieldwork experiences on a privately owned site in the southeastern US, I discuss the unique challenges of engaging a resident community in archaeological research, and the potential of such engagement for fostering archaeological stewardship. Specifically, I use theories of place attachment derived from environmental psychology to explore how resident communities may be encouraged to empathize with and protect the archaeological records of past people.

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Wright, Alice (2015). "Private property, public archaeology:resident communities as stakeholders in American archaeology" World Archaeology 47:2 pp.212-224 (ISSN: 0043-8243 ) [DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2015.1025911] Version of Record Available from
Language: English
Date: 2015
Private property, resident community, place attachment, stewardship

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