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LGBTQ Archeological Context
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2016)
  • Megan E. Springate
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and National Historic Landmarks (NHL) programs are place-based and to be included in them, the places (buildings, structures, landscapes, and archeological sites) must still exist. This is a challenge when looking at the history and heritage of historically marginalized populations, who are often located at the edges of society. These are places that become targets of demolition, redevelopment, urban renewal, and gentrification—all of which impact the physical places and force their inhabitants and customers elsewhere. In addition, the further back in time we go, the more likely it is that the buildings and structures that we often associate with historic places are no longer standing and that landscapes have changed (forests grown or cut down, land tilled or left fallow, streets and railroads torn up or built; rivers channelized and mountains razed). Archeology—the study of past peoples and societies through the physical remains they left behind—is one way of studying the marginalized who are often neglected (or are otherwise under- or mis-represented) in the historical record; of learning about the past from physical remains when aboveground structures or landscapes are gone or changed; and of learning about the history of the people who inhabited what we now know as the United States for thousands of years before Europeans arrived.
  • LGBTQ,
  • Queer Archaeology,
  • Archaeology
Publication Date
October, 2016
Megan E. Springate
National Park Foundation and National Park Service
Citation Information
Megan E. Springate. "LGBTQ Archeological Context" Washington, DCLGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2016)
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