A new publication is out now in the journal Archaeologies about our approach to community-engagd archaeology in Calabria! The piece showcases the experience of a community-engaged approach to the archaeology of sustainabilty in the San Pasquale Valley in southern Calabria.
By combining ethnographic and traditional archaeological methodologies, we have been working to establish our project as a community-serving, rather than strictly research-generating, endeavor. Our experience is showing that truly collaborative projects offer new opportunities for knowledge production and knowledge presentation about the past, and provide a platform to turn what is normally mainly an academic pursuit of knowledge into a service to stakeholders and collaborators who make the work possible in the first place. Prioritizing process, while acknowledging the need for academic capital, makes us better scientists and offers the key to engaged scholarship.
Chesson, M.S., Ullah, I.I.T., Iiriti, G., Forbes, H., Lazrus, P.K., Ames, N., Garcia, Y., Benchekroun, S., Robb, J., Wolff, N.P.S., Squillaci, M.O., 2019. Archaeology as Intellectual Service: Engaged Archaeology in San Pasquale Valley, Calabria, Italy. Arch. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-019-09376-5.
You can download the paper here.
The research was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.