Schedule and Readings
ARCHY 465: Public Archaeology
University of Washington—Autumn 2009
PART I. Relationships Between Archaeologists And Publics
Thursday, October 1: Introduction and orientation
Tuesday, October 6: Ethics and the Public: Why should archaeologists care?
2003 Presenting the Past. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press. pp. 1-14
2002 Archaeology as a shared vision. In Public Benefits of Archaeology, pp. 3-19. B. Little, ed. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
SAA Harris Interactive Poll
1999 Exploring Public Perceptions and Attitudes about Archaeology (look at both the summary and the more detailed complete results)
Weeks 2-4: Interest Groups and the Politics of Identity
Thursday, October 8: Is it really just Science vs. Religion?
Mapes 2009, pp. xiii-xxiii, 3-19 (Forward and Chap. 1)
Thomas, David Hurst
2000 The Skull Wars: Kennewick man, archaeology, and the battle for Native American identity. New York: Basic Books, pp. 36-63
Note: while I have only assigned sections of these books, I recommend you read the entire texts of both during the quarter.
Film: Who Owns the Past (57 min)
Details of Position Paper Assignment
Tuesday, October 13: No class
I will be attending the Washington Archaeology Curation Summit, in Moses Lake, WA. Contact me if you would like to attend.
Thursday, October 15: NAGPRA: A legal solution to conflicts about the past?
King 2008, pp. 260-270
King, Thomas F
2002 Thinking about Cultural Resource Management: Essays from the edge. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, pp. 103-111
Thomas 2000, pp. 198-238
National NAGPRA website—has full text of law, regulations and lots of other information
Burke Museum Repatriation website—has some examples of recent repatriations from the Burke
*** Sunday, October 18: Ice Age Archaeology, Burke Museum, 10 – 4
This annual archaeology event is aimed at an audience of families and kids. Attendance is optional; to receive 1 point extra credit for attending, you must submit a comment of 1 paragraph or more about it to the Discussion Board by October 22. You can also volunteer to help staff the event for 5 points of extra credit (if you also submit a paragraph about your experience to the discussion board by October 22). Contact Lisbeth Louderback to inquire about volunteering (email@example.com).
Tuesday, October 20: Repatriation outside the USA: International and Indigenous responses.
Hubert, Jane and Cressida Fforde
2002 Introduction: the reburial issue in the twenty-first century. In The Dead and their Possessions: Repatriation in principle, policy and practice, pp. 1-16. C. Fforde, J. Hubert and P. Turnbull, eds. Routledge, New York.
2002 Partnership in museums: A tribal Maori response to repatriation. In The Dead and their Possessions: Repatriation in principle, policy and practice, pp. 284-292. C. Fforde, J. Hubert and P. Turnbull, eds. Routledge, New York.
Thursday, October 22: Working with NAGPRA in the real world
****Position Paper Draft due—bring paper copy to class****
See assignments page for details about the paper
11:30-12:20: Guest Speaker: Megon Noble, NAGPRA Coordinator and Assistant Collections Manager, Burke Museum
12:30-1:20: Read-around: position paper peer review
****Position papers returned with comments ****
King 2008 pp. 1-53.
Mapes 2009, chap. 6
Thursday October 29: The CRM legal framework
*****Quiz: US CRM Laws*****
Skim King 2008, chaps. 2 and 6 and appendices 1-3
Tuesday November 3: Working in the CRM world
King 2008, chap. 9.
Bergman, Christopher and John Doershuk
2003 Cultural Resource Management and the Business of Archaeology. In Ethical Issues in Archaeology, Zimmerman, Larry, Karen Vitelli and Julie Hollowell-Zimmer, eds., pp. 85-98. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
2000 Cultural resource management and the public: A report from the (1 x 1 m) trenches. Paper presented at the AAA Meetings, San Francisco, Nov. 15 – 19, 2000.
CRM professionals, Philippe LeTourneau, King County Historic Preservation Program; Maurice Major, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Bob Kopperl, Northwest Archaeological Associates
******(optional) Evening public lecture by popular archaeology writer Dr. Brian Fagan: Water: The Elixir of Humanity******
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 | 7 – 8:30pm
Town Hall, 8th and Seneca, Seattle
Thursday November 5: The Future of CRM
****Position Paper Revision due—bring paper copies of original paper with comments and revised paper (stapled together) to class****
Scroll through this issue, which considers many issues related to archaeology training, including CRM
Stapp, Darby and Michael Burney
2002 Lafayette where are you? The European Union, Cultural Heritage and CRM in the United States. In Thinking About Cultural Resource Management, Essays from the Edge. Alta Mira Press.
PART III. Strategies for Public-izing Archaeology
Tuesday November 10: The role of museums: community outreach and curation
Trimble, Michael and Eugene Marino
2003 Archaeological Curation: An ethical imperative for the twenty-first century. In Ethical Issues in Archaeology, Zimmerman, Larry, Karen Vitelli and Julie Hollowell-Zimmer, eds., pp. 99-114. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
1995 The arrogant archaeologist. In Archaeological Ethics, Karen Vitelli, ed., pp. 238-243. Alta Mira Press, Walnut Creek.
Thomas, David Hurst
2002 Roadside Ruins: Does America still need archaeology museums. In Public Benefits of Archaeology, pp. 130-145. B. Little, ed. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2000 The crisis of representation in archaeological museums. In Cultural Resource Management in Contemporary Society, Francis McManamon and Alf Hutton. eds., pp. 300-309. Routledge, New York.
Kelsey Lutz, UW Museology graduate student, Archaeology Public Outreach Project in Indonesia
Develop evaluation criteria for Public Archaeology Project Proposals
Thursday November 12: Tour of Burke Museum archaeological collections
Meet at the Burke Museum front lobby at 11:30 (don’t forget, admission is free with your UW ID, so feel free to visit the exhibits)
Post tour assignment: post a 1 paragraph answer to these questions to the Discussion Board before class on Tuesday, November 24.
How is archaeology represented in the gallery exhibits at the Burke? How does this compare to what you saw “behind the scenes” in the archaeology storage areas?
Tuesday November 17: How public should (or can) archaeology be?
Browse through the remainder of Mapes 2009
Warren KingGeorge, Oral Historian/Preservation Assistant, Preservation Department, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Lynda Mapes, writer and Seattle Times reporter.
Meet at Burke Museum Café patio to board vans to drive to site in Redmond. Vans depart at 11:35 sharp—don’t miss the bus! Trip goes rain or shine—dress appropriately (may be muddy at site)
Friday November 20***Final Project Drafts Due (submit to Discussion Board by 5 PM, put your project title in subject line of post)***
Tuesday November 24: Ethics, archaeology and the public
Can you dig it? Ethics and Archaeology. The Economist, March 30, 2002.
2003 Let the Market Preserve Art: What were all those antiquities doing in Iraq anyway? Wall Street Journal, Thursday, April 24.
A few fun ethical dilemmas:
Thursday November 26: No class—Thanksgiving/Indigenous People’s Day of Mourning
2008 Preventing Looting and Vandalism of Archaeological Sites in the Pacific Northwest. PhD Dissertation, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oregon, pp. 110-159.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
2000 UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Ian Martin LYNCH, Defendant-Appellant. No. 99-30325. Argued and Submitted Sept. 14, 2000.
Jennifer Richman, Cultural Resource Attorney, US Army Corps of Engineers
Thursday, December 3: Looters, collectors, traders and other tales
2009a Hunts for Indigenous relics in Southwest date to 19th Century. Associated Press.
1989 Profiteers and Public Archaeology: Antiquities Trafficking in Arkansas. In The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property, Messenger, Phyllis (ed.) Univ. of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. pp. 39-51
Stephenie Jolivette, PhD Candidate, UW Archaeology Program
Tuesday December 8: Final Project Review Board Meeting
I recommend that you browse through the guide by Larry Zimmerman, Presenting the Past. Alta Mira 2003, especially pp. 65-144 for excellent advice on writing and oral presentations before your presentation this week!
Thursday December 10: Storytelling, the media and the messages
2008 Unusual or “Extreme” Beliefs about the Past, Community Identity, and Dealing with the Fringe. In Collaboration in Archaeological Practice: Engaging Descendant Communities. Colwell-Chanthaphonh and T.J. Ferguson, eds., pp. 5-86. Alta Mira Press.
2002 The archaeologist as storyteller. In Public Benefits of Archaeology, pp. 239-251. B. Little, ed. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2002 Reaching the hidden audience: ten rules for the archaeological writer. In Public Benefits of Archaeology, pp. 244-251. B. Little, ed. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
Film: “60 Minutes” episode on Kennewick remains
MaryAnn Barron, Director of External Communications, Burke Museum
Harriett Baskas, National Public Radio
Tom Paulson, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Wednesday December 16: Final Revised Proposals due by 5 PM