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The Archaeology of Immateriality
Archaeologies
  • Elizabeth S. Chilton, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Publication Date
2012
Abstract

Despite changes in archaeological theory and practice over the past 40 years, most archaeologists are still not very good at acknowledging that “significance” is context-dependent and non-material. In this paper I present two cases studies from New England where archaeologists collaborated with Native peoples on sites that had significant preservation concerns. I evaluate to what extent these projects were successful in their goal of decolonizing archaeology. I call for a definition of materiality that acknowledges that tangible objects and their intangible contexts and meanings are inextricable, and that values are continuously created and recreated in the present by a variety of memory communities.

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DOI
10.1007/s11759-012-9215-y
Comments

The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11759-012-9215-y

Pages
225-235
Citation Information
Elizabeth S. Chilton. "The Archaeology of Immateriality" Archaeologies Vol. 8 Iss. 3 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chilton_elizabeth/41/