Archaeologies of the Heart

  • Kisha Supernant
  • Jane Eva Baxter
  • Natasha Lyons
  • Sonya Atalay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Natasha Lyons, Kisha Supernant
    Pages 1-19
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. John R. Welch
      Pages 23-37
    3. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, Eugene N. Anderson
      Pages 39-58
    4. Sarah L. Surface-Evans
      Pages 69-81
    5. Lisa Hodgetts, Laura Kelvin
      Pages 97-115
    6. Jami Macarty
      Pages 117-121
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. Jane Eva Baxter
      Pages 125-140
    3. Anthony P. Graesch, Corbin Maynard, Avery Thomas
      Pages 141-161
    4. Callum Abbott
      Pages 163-182
    5. Melanie L. Chang, April Nowell
      Pages 205-223
    6. Leslie Van Gelder
      Pages 225-236
  5. Part III

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-280

About this book


Archaeological practice is currently shifting in response to feminist, indigenous, activist, community-based, and anarchic critiques of how archaeology is practiced and how science is used to interpret the past lives of people. Inspired by the calls for a different way of doing archaeology, this volume presents a case here for a heart-centered archaeological practice.

Heart-centered practice emerged in care-based disciplines, such as nursing and various forms of therapy, as a way to recognize the importance of caring for those on whom we work, and as an avenue to explore how our interactions with others impacts our own emotions and heart. Archaeologists are disciplined to separate mind and heart, a division which harkens back to the origins of western thought. The dualism between the mental and the physical is fundamental to the concept that humans can objectively study the world without being immersed in it. Scientific approaches to understanding the world assume there is an objective world to be studied and that humans must remove themselves from that world in order to find the truth. An archaeology of the heart rejects this dualism; rather, we see mind, body, heart, and spirit as inextricable.

An archaeology of the heart provides a new space for thinking through an integrated, responsible, and grounded archaeology, where there is care for the living and the dead, acknowledges the need to build responsible relationships with communities, and with the archaeological record, and emphasize the role of rigor in how work and research is conducted.

The contributions bring together archaeological practitioners from across the globe in different contexts to explore how heart-centered practice can impact archaeological theory, methodology, and research throughout the discipline.


critique of the separation of mind and body feminist, phenomenological, and indigenous archaeologies heart as the origin of our archaeological approach more human understanding of an archaeological past reflexive, emergent and multi-vocal forms of practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Kisha Supernant
    • 1
  • Jane Eva Baxter
    • 2
  • Natasha Lyons
    • 3
  • Sonya Atalay
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Ursus Heritage Consulting LtdColdstreamCanada
  4. 4.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-36349-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-36350-5
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