Local Discourses in Archaeology

  • Kathryn H. DeeleyEmail author
  • Beth Pruitt
  • Benjamin A. Skolnik
  • Mark P. Leone
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_1556-2


Archaeologists generally accept that they cannot leave their work to be used only by others (e.g., Jeppson 1997; Little and Shackel 2007). Archaeologists also understand that there is a community outside of archaeology that has a practical interest in the outcomes of archaeological endeavors (e.g., La Roche and Blakey 1997; McDavid 1997, 2011; Leone et al. 2011). Many archaeologists support a responsibility to the public to meet their needs by explaining what they say about the sites and people being investigated (Edwards-Ingram 1997; Jeppson 1997). The difficulty, as an archaeologist, is developing a means to reach out to these communities effectively. It may not be an easy task to identify such communities and to draw the line between who is a part of it and who is not. Archaeologists engaging with stakeholders, which is how we define local discourses, consider these issues as they develop research designs for their projects.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn H. Deeley
    • 2
    Email author
  • Beth Pruitt
    • 3
  • Benjamin A. Skolnik
    • 1
  • Mark P. Leone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.School of Liberal ArtsGeorgia Gwinnett CollegeLawrencevilleUSA
  3. 3.Public EducationSociety for American ArchaeologyWashingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Uzma Z. Rizvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn CampusPratt InstituteBrooklynUSA