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Chapter 9, Significance of the African Burial Ground overviews the history of the NYC research, the major findings of the
investigation, the politics of representation, and aspects of activist anthropology. In what ways does the chapter describe
“African Diaspora Archaeology?” What are some of the directions and research trends of this field, and what intellectual
contributions can this archaeological approach offer? What role does public archeaology play and how are descendant
communities involved in the research? Do any of the NPS Digital Gallery Talks or the article by Franklin support the
characteristics described for African Diaspora Archaeology?
2.
The end of this week’s reading from Dawdy provides an alternative definition for “creole” within French contexts
of Louisiana. Using her discussion of “ethnic acculturation” and “hybridization” (2000:111) how are creole spaces similar
and different from those of Spanish St. Augustine? Silvia (2002) overviews the archaeology of Native and French
structures along the Gulf Coast, which reveals interesting further patterns for our consideration. Describe some of Silvia’s
findings in regards to hybridity and the mixing of cultural traditions.
3.
This week we have topically diverse readings that focus on the late eighteenth century through the mid nineteenth
century. Choose at least two of the readings to discuss, which can be about the same topic or comparative.
Archaeologists at Monticello have investigated the home of Thomas Jefferson, as well as the the enslaved quarter.
What ideas do the researchers suggest the landscape and plantation layout convey, and how may we critically consider
this aspect of America’s heritage spaces? What perceptions do the researchers reject, based on the archaeology of
the foodways of the enslaved? Maroon societies comprise another aspect of the enslaved-to-freedom experience in
America. Are the archaeologies of these conflicted and complicated spaces adequately shared and understood by
contemporary society? What did you find new or unexpected from this week’s readings?
The CSS Hunley sank in the Charleston Harbor nearly 150 years ago. Archaeologists have recovered the vessel and
the remains of its crew. What questions have researchers answered about the Hunley and what surprising stories have
emerged from this example of our “buried past”? The Hunley was submerged underwater and thus required what sorts
of differing methodologies to excavate? In what ways have interdisciplinary approaches contributed to our
understanding of the Hunley and its crew?
Excavations of the Catawba Indian Reservation reveal a narrative of culture change for America’s indigenous peoples.
Based on the artifactual record, what forms of material culture were present at Catawba during the late 18th and early
19th centuries? What explanations can we give for the transformation of Catawba culture, and how might we link this
process to our own lives? For instance, consider global commodity chains and consumption.
4.
After this week’s second set of readings, what topics does Blakey expose in the realm of
public archaeology and museology? How does public understanding of the past play out
in the present? Do archaeologists have responsibilities to equality when interpreting the
past, and are current practices, according to Blakey, equitable? In what ways to do
you agree or disagree with Blakey’s analysis?
5.
In Clark’s 2017 article, she argues that people remake their environments even under
duress and in confinement. What ways did Japanese prisoners at Amache internment
camp transform their landscape and how was this evidence demonstrated? Describe the
ways in which researchers engaged the descendant community to reconcile
the archaeology with the lived experience.
6.
From the readings for this week, respond to one of the following prompts.
The controversy over the bones of the 9,000 year old Kennewick Man surround the repatriation of Native American human remains via the
1990 NAGPRA law. Some argue (Raff 2015, Raja 2016) that the archaeology, ethics and law demand the reburial of the remains, while
Weiss (2001) posits the science is too great to lose and an appropriate cultural affiliation cannot be determined. Based on the evidence
presented, what is your opinion on the controversy?
Silverman (2011) and Shackel (2011) overview and provide definitions for public archaeology and the “civic engagement” of historical
research with contemporary communities. In what ways do the authors illustrate the importance and outcomes of publicly engaged
archaeology? Provide concrete examples from the texts that suggests this methodology has benefit to populations of the present.

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