Local Discourses in Archaeology
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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